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03 Dec 2010 | Psychology Today
What to get for that special someone on your list who has
everything? It's not an uncommon dilemma.
According to Pew Research, fully 98% of Americans have
televisions, for example. Thirty-six percent of us own flat
screens. Most of those flat screens were probably purchased by
people who already had functioning televisions--which may explain
why most American households are home to more televisions than
So begin the musings of J. Ian Norris and Jeff T. Larsen in
their recent article for the Journal of Happiness Studies in
which the psychologists explore the "have-want discrepancies" that
affect so many of us in a consumerist world.
Studies show that wanting more than we have is a recipe for
misery. On the other hand, wanting what we already have predicts
happiness. Once our basic needs are met, experiences actually
make us happier than any "thing" money can buy.
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