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2012-04-10 09:20:07

Money doesn´t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It´s also environmental. “We found that irrespective of personality, in situations that activate a consumer mindset, people show the same sorts of problematic patterns in wellbeing, including negative...

2011-10-19 14:23:55

A sensible, balanced amount of free time is key to happiness in our consumer society What is more desirable: too little or too much spare time on your hands? To be happy, somewhere in the middle, according to Chris Manolis and James Roberts from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and Baylor University in Waco, TX. Their work shows that materialistic young people with compulsive buying issues need just the right amount of spare time to feel happier. The study is published online in...

Does Materialism Harm Marriage?
2011-10-14 10:05:33

Couples who rank money and material goods as important in their lives might be worse off in their relationships than those who aren´t as materialistic, says a study published today in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. The survey of 1,734 married couples across the US, asked about attitudes toward relationship values and issues such as materialism, compassion, communication and the importance of marriage. The results revealed that being financially successful did not...

2011-10-13 10:15:26

New research to be published Oct. 13 confirms The Beatles' lyrical hypothesis and finds that "the kind of thing that money just can't buy" is a happy and stable marriage. Scholars at Brigham Young University studied 1,734 married couples across the country. Each couple completed a relationship evaluation, part of which asked how much they value "having money and lots of things." The researchers' statistical analysis showed that couples who say money is not important to them score about...

2011-04-05 21:27:15

Psychological research has consistently shown that women feel unhappy with their body after looking at images of thin, idealized models, which are typically represented in the media. However, today's consumer culture and media promote not only the ideal of perfect beauty, but also that of the material affluent lifestyle, both of which are commonly depicted together, and highlight the benefits of beauty and of owning material goods to one's personal success and fame. A new study from the...