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Happiness is for sale...for about 10K

A New Study Suggests That You Can Buy Happiness . . . for $10K?

In a new experiment, 200 people were given $10,000 to spend. And researchers claim it DID buy happiness because the people had a higher happiness level even months after the money was gone

Researchers gave 200 random people a one-time payment of $10,000, and required them to spend it within three months.

They recorded how the people felt on a monthly basis, and found that they reported being happier and more satisfied with their lives than another group that didn't get the money.

That may not seem surprising, but the good vibes CONTINUED in the months AFTER all the money had been spent. They even reported being happier than they were when the experiment first started.

But not EVERYONE was affected.

People with household incomes above $123,000 did not report noticeable improvements in their happiness. 

And people from low-income countries like Brazil, Indonesia, and Kenya gained three times MORE happiness than those in high-income countries like Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.

They did record what people bought with the $10,000 . . . but unfortunately the researchers are still analyzing those results to determine what types of purchases may have led to the most happiness.

(NBC News / PNAS)

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