Yes, You CAN Buy Happiness, Study Finds

Putting energy and cash toward gratifying 
experiences rather than material things can lead to greater joy, according to scientists.
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Putting energy and cash toward gratifying 
experiences rather than material things can lead to greater joy, according to scientists.
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Putting your energy and cash toward gratifying experiences rather than material things can lead to greater happiness and well-being, according to Cornell University scientists.

They analyzed studies on the joy derived from both types of purchases and found that self-fulfillment flourishes more when paying for fun outings like travel, concerts, and restaurant meals than when buying physical goods like a new flat-screen TV or yet another mala. Though events are fleeting, the experience and in-person encounters create memories you can enjoy and share with others for a lifetime. They also help form our identity and boost happiness by increasing positive social connections, say researchers.

Given that September is the Yoga Health Foundation’s National Yoga Month, now is a perfect time to test the concept. Find Yoga Month classes or events in your community (yogahealthfoundation.org) or join us at Yoga Journal LIVE! Colorado, in Estes Park, September 27–October 4.

Interested in signing up? Visit yjevents.com

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