Could Money buy Happiness After All?

Could Money buy Happiness After All?

A new study thinks that money could buy happiness after all. Keep reading to find out all the details. Read on for more details!

A new study thinks that money could buy happiness after all. Keep reading to find out all the details. Read on for more details!

Does money really buy happiness? It seems, at least for a group of German university students who participated in a study on the connection between happiness and altruism, the disinterested concern for the well-being of others.

The study found that the act of donating money to save a life produced happiness at first, but the effects did not last. After a month, the students who donated money were less happy than those who chose to keep the money.

Does money really buy happiness?

"Prosocial behavior does not unequivocally increase happiness," the study authors wrote, "because prosocial spending naturally requires giving up something else, which can decrease happiness in its own right."

"Gee, definitely a surprising result and one that's inconsistent with previous research," said Felicidad researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want," who was not involved in the study.

"I can't explain it," said Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside. "It doesn't make sense in light of everything we know about the benefits of helping others versus oneself."

Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want,"

The new study confronts previous research on the effects of putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return.

Previous analyzes of brain scans were found to stimulate the brain's reward centers, flooding the system with feel-good chemicals that produce what is known as a "helping high."

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