Latest Ryan Howell Stories

2012-01-26 13:29:14

Psychologists have found that buying life experiences makes people happier than buying possessions, but who spends more of their spare cash on experiences? New findings published this week in the Journal of Positive Psychology reveal extraverts and people who are open to new experiences tend to spend more of their disposable income on experiences, such as concert tickets or a weekend away, rather than hitting the mall for material items. These habitual "experiential shoppers" reaped...

2009-10-29 14:37:07

Mastering a skill makes us stressed in the moment, happy long term No pain, no gain applies to happiness, too, according to new research published online this week in the Journal of Happiness Studies. People who work hard at improving a skill or ability, such as mastering a math problem or learning to drive, may experience stress in the moment, but experience greater happiness on a daily basis and longer term, the study suggests. "No pain, no gain is the rule when it comes to gaining...

2009-02-09 00:05:00

Using money to achieve life experiences -- like eating out -- rather than material possessions leads to greater happiness, U.S. researchers found. Ryan Howell of San Francisco State University said the study demonstrates experiential purchases result in increased well-being because they satisfy higher order needs, specifically the need for social connectedness and vitality -- a feeling of being alive. These findings support an extension of basic need theory, where purchases that increase...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.