Can't Buy Happiness?

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People Who Spend Freely Do Not Spend Wisely

Those who feel too little pain of paying are called ‘spendthrifts’ while those who feel too much pain of paying are referred to as ‘tightwads’. However, people who feel anxious when spending money (tightwads) may actually be happier than those who do not feel negative emotions (spendthrifts) when making a purchase. Read More

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Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University.


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