Navigation Links
Travel and Other Adventures Can Boost Happiness
Date:6/21/2012

THURSDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- If you buy life experiences such as an exotic vacation or tickets to a major concert in order to impress other people, you won't get much of a happiness boost, a new study finds.

However, if you spend money on a trip or an adventure for the right reasons -- that is, because it fits with your interests and values -- you can derive happiness from the experience, said Ryan Howell, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University.

"Why you buy is just as important as what you buy. When people buy life experiences to impress others, it wipes out the well-being they receive from the purchase," he said in a university news release.

For this study, Howell and colleagues surveyed 241 people and found that those who buy life experiences because it meshes with their desires, interests and values reported an increased sense of fulfillment and well-being. These people were more likely to feel less lonely, more competent and self-sufficient.

On the other hand, people who buy life experiences in order to impress others reported feeling less self-sufficient, competent and connected to others.

"The biggest question you have to ask yourself is why you are buying something. Motivation appears to amplify or eliminate the happiness effect of a purchase," Howell said.

The study was published online June 13 in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

More information

Mental Health America outlines ways to live your life well.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: San Francisco State University, news release, June 18, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Business Travel Harmful to Health: Medical & Personal Fitness Experts Announce "Exercise is Solution to Many Travel Ailments"
2. Travel to High Altitudes Tied to Crohns, Colitis Flare-Ups
3. Study suggests poor mothers favor daughters
4. Study finds that single mothers can reduce stress by playing, engaging with children
5. RLIP76 contributes to pancreatic cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy and radiation
6. Insulite Labs announces the launch of the PCOS Inspiration Hour, a one hour virtual gathering place for women with PCOS and other women’s health issues to come together.
7. Canadian teen moms run higher risk of abuse, depression than older mothers
8. Pediatric regime of chemotherapy proves more effective for young adults
9. Chemotherapy effective for patients with resected SCLC or large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma
10. Quality of life study shows stereotactic ablative radiotherapy effective treatment; stage I NSCLC
11. Why are some people greener than others?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... to the OSEHRA popHealth Community in 2014. It is the culmination ... the Developer Open Source Project Group. OSEHRA Organizational Member Zato Health co-funded the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... announced it will co-exhibit with technology partners LG Business Solutions at ATARC ... Metro Center in Washington D.C., will provide education and examination into the mobility ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Adding to its ... Journal of Medicine and NEJM Journal Watch, announces the release of NEJM ... by a panel of pediatricians from leading medical centers. The content was then ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Rock, AR (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... CMSA National Board of Directors on June 30, 2017. CMSA’s membership has elected ... In addition to our current Military Advisory position, a new VA Advisory position has ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Osteitis pubis may be ... groin injury, it occurs when the muscles around the pelvis become inflamed. Over ... the lower torso, as well as accompanying tenderness and weakness. Without proper intervention, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017 The ... reach USD 16.0 billion by 2025, according to a ... prevalence of chronic diseases is anticipated to be responsible ... which thereby widens the scope for growth during the ... bariatric population, which is highly susceptible to chronic diseases, ...
(Date:3/27/2017)...  Twist Bioscience, a company accelerating science and innovation ... raised an additional $33 million. To date, Twist Bioscience ... "It is an exciting time to be leading ... to deliver industry-leading gene volume to our customers, enabling ... Leproust, Ph.D., CEO of Twist Bioscience. "We welcome the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017   Genprex, Inc. , a ... Julien Pham , MD, the Company,s Chief Operating Officer, is ... conferences. Sachs 5th Annual Cancer BioPartnering & Investment ... New York, NY ... BioCentury 24th Annual Future Leaders in Biotech ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: