Study: You can buy happiness … if you spend it to save time

[KARE 11, July 27, 2017] Can money really buy happiness? Some of us were raised under the impression it can’t, but researchers who surveyed more than 6,000 people in four countries say otherwise.

The catch? You have to spend money on saving time, like chores. The survey was reportedly done in the U.S., Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. It revealed that buying time increases Americans’ happiness about 0.77 on a 10-point scale.

“People who spend money on these services experience less stress. Stress leads to distress… and leads to us not feeling very happy in our lives,” explained Allina Health psychologist, Dr. Cheryl Bemel. “Our joy comes from experiences, so when people are paying for assistance to get some of their chores done they are able to more fully engage and live their lives. That’s what leads to happiness.”

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