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How to win friends (and be happy)!

In a national survey, researchers compared attitudes towards those who had purchased material goods (car, jewellery) and those who had bought experiences (concert ticket, holiday).

The personality traits that were associated with material goods were selfish and self-centred. The traits associated with experiences were friendly, altruistic and outgoing.

The work by Professor Leaf Van Boven, reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, builds on previous research on happiness and being liked, and goods v experiences.

According to Van Boven “We know that having quality social relationships is one of the best predictors of happiness, health and well-being.”


April 17, 2010 - Posted by | Leaf Van Boven, Positive Psychology, Psychology, Success

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