Why does buying more money make you happier?
That’s the question psychologists at the University of Western Australia have been trying to answer.
It turns out buying a new home for yourself or a bigger car or house could be the key to happiness.
The answer may lie in the brain’s reward system, which rewards people who buy more money.
It’s one of the secrets of the human brain and why people seem to buy more of everything, regardless of the cost.
When we buy more than we need, the brain signals to the brain to buy again.
And that makes sense, said Dr David Anderson, who led the research.
“People who buy too much tend to buy less of what they need,” he said.
For example, people with a healthy, active lifestyle might buy more gym equipment or shoes than someone who has a sedentary lifestyle.
People who purchase too much also tend to spend less on food.
“When you buy too many things, you tend to eat less of them than if you buy less,” Dr Anderson said.
Dr Anderson’s research has shown that people who are satisfied with their lives spend less money on food and other things than people who feel unhappy.
But when it comes to happiness, Dr Anderson believes that buying more does more for the brain than just increasing the amount of money you spend.
That’s because buying more buys the brain more of the reward system that rewards us for making purchases, such as spending money on a house, car or gym equipment.
A study published in January found that people in households with high levels of money in the bank were more likely to have happiness and higher levels of physical activity, and they were more satisfied with the quality of their life.
Dr Anderson’s study showed that buying money could increase the brain rewards system.
His research showed that people with high incomes and a healthy lifestyle were more inclined to buy than those in households where people had low incomes and less physical activity.
In one of his studies, Dr. Anderson used MRI scans to show how the brain reacts when a person is happy.
When the brain detects the feeling of happiness, the reward-based reward system is activated, he said, which makes you more likely not to buy that same thing again.
While the brain may not be consciously aware of how much money you’re spending, the more you spend, the less likely you are to buy the same thing over and over again, he explained.
You may be tempted to buy what you think is the best thing, but there’s a subtle difference between the way we see and feel the world, Dr Michael Kostakis, a professor at the university of Oxford, said in a statement.
What does that mean for us?
“People may be reluctant to buy something because it’s expensive, or because it might feel like they’re spending too much,” he explained in the statement.
“But the fact is that our brains are built to be aware of the value of different things.”
When you are buying, your brain is paying attention to what you’re buying, Dr Kostaki said.
The reward system in your brain tells you that buying that big new house or car, or that new house in your city, is more worthwhile than buying the same old stuff.
It’s because of this that people buy so much money that they don’t really feel that they’re getting anything for it.
But buying money doesn’t necessarily mean you’re better off, as some research shows that when people spend less than they need, their minds often get distracted and they feel like a failure.
So how do you buy your happiness?
Dr Kostacsons research showed people who spent more than they needed were more willing to pay more for something.
They were also more likely than people spending less to buy things they felt were important to them, like a new house.
Research also found that when buying, people felt they were doing something for themselves, rather than someone else, and that they were better able to enjoy life without a financial burden.
“The more money you have, the happier you feel,” Dr Kastakis said.
“People will be more likely if they have more money to invest in themselves.”
Dr Kastakis research shows people are more likely with less money to spend on their own.
Is buying more happiness better than buying less?
Yes, Dr Tania O’Brien, a clinical psychologist at the Queensland University of Technology, said.
“Buying more money can make you feel good,” she said.
It may even make you happy if you’re lucky.
But if you want to make money, you might want to think about your priorities and where you want your money to go, she said, and what you are doing with it.
“It’s important to make sure you’re focusing on the positive outcomes rather than the negative outcomes,” she added.