Money can't buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it.

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery delivery, it can make them feel a little happier. By comparison, money spent on material purchases — aka things — does not boost positive emotions the way we might expect.


02/10/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with author and lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar.  He’s a worldwide consultant to executives in multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions.  He lays out the elements of a happier life in his book, CHOOSE THE LIFE YOU WANT:  101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness.

The Myths of Happiness

Feb 12, 2013

02/12/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at what should make us happy—but doesn’t—and what shouldn’t make us happy—but does.  We’ll speak with the author of THE MYTHS OF HAPPINESSSonja Lyubomirsky.  She says we give too much weight to initial emotional responses to events—both good and bad.  No matter the uplift or downturn, humans usually return to their initial happiness level.  Losing a job . . .