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Mowing the lawn can be good exercise, and is fun for some people. But others who find themselves squeezed for time might find the luxury of paying someone else to do it to be of much more value than buying more stuff.

Of course, this assumes you have enough disposable income to even have choices.

The problem with American culture within those who have fair amounts of disposable income, is the preoccupation with consumption and fleeting pleasures, as opposed to more thoughtful spending, with an investment factor in mind. Tangible and intangible.

Its a shame actually that many people don’t recognize the benefits of deeper psychological and spiritual rewards from their spending decisions, beyond material gains, or hedonistic pleasures.

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Courtesy of Allison Aubrey, NPR

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.

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