Navigation Links
People Overestimate the Happiness New Purchases Will Bring
Date:1/25/2013

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- They say money can't buy happiness, and a new study suggests that's true for even the most materialistic.

Instead, the study found, these folks seem to be happiest right before they buy a coveted item. Once they have the purchase in hand, their joy fades quickly.

The findings may not be all that surprising, experts say. But the notion that you're a lot happier before a big buy than after -- particularly if you're on the more materialistic side -- had not been "empirically tested" before, said Brent McFerran, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the new research.

In real life, you might be able to think of times when you've anticipated an important purchase, then felt let down after buying it. But whether you learn from that, and stop putting so much stock in "stuff" is another matter, McFerran said.

"With big purchases, we're not making them that often," McFerran said. So you might not remember that last car did not actually bring you lasting joy.

"Or," McFerran said, "you might think, just because that car didn't make me happy doesn't mean this flat-screen TV won't. For some of us, there's always this hope -- a belief in 'retail therapy.'"

But based on the new findings, recently reported online in the Journal of Consumer Research, that therapy does not have lasting effects.

For the study, Marsha Richins, a professor of marketing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, surveyed 329 undergraduates on three separate occasions. In the first survey, the students were asked about an important purchase they expected to make during that semester; the later surveys asked them how they felt after the buy.

Richins also separated the group into those with "high" or "low" materialism -- based on how much the students said they valued possessions in th
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Normal triglyceride levels in people of African descent may hinder diagnosis of metabolic syndrome
2. Anxiety Might Help People Sniff Out Threats
3. People Carrying Guns May Appear Bigger Than They Are
4. CT Scans Deliver More Radiation to Obese People: Study
5. Good intentions bring mixed results for Haitis disabled people
6. Migraines More Likely for People With Celiac Disease, Study Says
7. People Love Talking About Themselves, Brain Scans Show
8. Older People With Dementia Cared for Mostly at Home
9. People With HIV at Higher Odds of Sudden Cardiac Death
10. People Who Lived Near World Trade Center Report More Lung Disease
11. 1 size doesnt fit all when treating blood pressure in people with diabetes, VA/U-M study suggests
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
People Overestimate the Happiness New Purchases Will Bring 
(Date:12/22/2014)... Physicians in China are most eagerly awaiting ... non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), according to a new report from ... firm. MabThera is the only biologic available to treat ... of NHL. , According to Kantar Health’s report, “Biosimilars ... NHL in China has been growing and is expected ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Only weeks following the announcement that ... to have a battery manufacturer create 29 well-paying jobs ... ) is launching in Henderson to deliver yet ... strong manufacturing sector is going to build a stronger ... “and TalkLocal works with small businesses that rely on ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2014 ... is now offering consultations for sleep apnea. Drowsy drivers ... crashes than drivers who are well-rested, and some experts ... on the roads as intoxicated drivers. Unfortunately, millions of ... to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, about 18 ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Luxury Linen purveyor Peacock Alley once again joined ... logistics and support for one of Dallas’ largest holiday toy ... of giving back to the community in which it lives ... were Whataburger® and 99.5 The Wolf. , There is no ... to children who would otherwise not receive any is a ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 21, 2014 A substantial percentage ... computed tomography (CT) to evaluate abnormal findings on ... cancer, according to a new study published online ... the findings show that radiologist recommendations for additional ... to patient care. , RAIs, which have grown ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Physicians in China See Most Significant Demand for MabThera Biosimilar 2Health News:Physicians in China See Most Significant Demand for MabThera Biosimilar 3Health News:TalkLocal Launches in Henderson Weeks Following New Megafactory, New Jobs Announcement 2Health News:Pasadena Dentist, Dr. Marine Martirosyan, Now Offers Consultations for Sleep Apnea 2Health News:Peacock Alley and Community Partners of Dallas Fulfill an Estimated 12,000 Holiday Wishes for Deserving Children 2Health News:RSNA: Radiologist Recommendations for Chest CT Have High Clinical Yield 2Health News:RSNA: Radiologist Recommendations for Chest CT Have High Clinical Yield 3
... , GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 21 ... Services (HHS) has placed an order for an additional 29 million ... H1N1 influenza virus. This brings HHS orders to date to ... value of approximately $453 million. Previous HHS orders for approximately ...
... patients more likely to finish radiation course, study finds ... interrupted radiation treatment is a common problem among Medicare ... has found. , Researchers analyzed data from 5,086 Medicare ... and 2003 and found that nearly 40 percent of ...
... around the country, care is delayed, complicated and ... the same language. The situation is particularly dire ... York. Now, USC computer scientists, communication specialists ... robust and effective speech-to-speech (S2S) translation system for ...
... 2009 Results of a multicenter study in ... low rate of complications in diabetic patients, will be ... scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). ... on Clinical and Angiographic Outcomes in Diabetic Patients: Multicenter ...
... put your waistline at risk, according to a new study ... how other peoples, weight and food choices influence how much ... concern," write authors Brent McFerran, Darren W. Dahl (both University ... Morales (Arizona State University). "We decided to investigate how someone,s ...
... , NEW YORK, Sept. 21 PricewaterhouseCoopers, ... explore the business implications of one of the greatest domestic policy ... As the debate continues to rage in Washington, health industry ... upcoming PwC webcast series entitled 360 Degree Insight will ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:MedImmune Receives U.S. Government Order for Additional 29 Million Doses of Nasal Spray Vaccine for 2009 H1N1 Influenza 2Health News:MedImmune Receives U.S. Government Order for Additional 29 Million Doses of Nasal Spray Vaccine for 2009 H1N1 Influenza 3Health News:Head, Neck Cancer Treatment Often Not Completed 2Health News:'The doctor can understand you now' 2Health News:'The doctor can understand you now' 3Health News:Researchers find drug-eluting stents safe, effective for PCI in diabetics 2Health News:Watching your weight? Beware of skinny friends with big appetites 2Health News:PricewaterhouseCoopers Announces Five-part Webcast Series on the Business Implications of Health Reform (Regardless of the Final Bill) 2Health News:PricewaterhouseCoopers Announces Five-part Webcast Series on the Business Implications of Health Reform (Regardless of the Final Bill) 3Health News:PricewaterhouseCoopers Announces Five-part Webcast Series on the Business Implications of Health Reform (Regardless of the Final Bill) 4
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 Apnea Sciences ( www.apneasciences.com ) announced ... Aliso Viejo , California.  Jimmy Fallon ... growth and worldwide expansion, a new facility with expanded ... anti snore cure have exceeded our expectations and thus ... now in 23 countries and will be increasing to ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... -- ConvaTec, a privately-held medical products and technologies company, today ... Executive Officer of the company, effective December 22, 2014. ... "The Board of Directors of ConvaTec thanks Mr. Berger ... three years," said Magnus Lundberg , the Chairman ... the company is well positioned for the future."  The ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... , Dec. 22, 2014  Mark Farrah Associates ... providing a summary of the 2015 marketplace exchange ... trends.  According to a recent ... and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services) ... in individual medical plans through the Marketplace as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:ConvaTec Names Paul Moraviec Interim CEO Effective December 22, 2014 2Insights into the Marketplace and Individual Market Growth 2
... Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), a ... for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. ... million, an increase of 16.4% compared to $134.5 million in ... revenue was principally due to revenue from the May 2010 ...
... EDGE, N.J., May 11, 2011 Nephros, Inc. (OTC ... company developing and marketing filtration products for therapeutic applications, ... May 10, 2011 the Company received approval from the ... regulatory agency, to market its Dual Stage Ultrafilters (DSU) ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 2Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 3Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 4Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 5Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 6Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 7Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 8Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 9Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 10Radiation Therapy Services Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results 11Nephros Receives Approval to Market Dual Stage Ultrafilters in Canada 2Nephros Receives Approval to Market Dual Stage Ultrafilters in Canada 3Nephros Receives Approval to Market Dual Stage Ultrafilters in Canada 4
NEAR-SkinTM Incise Drape Aggressive adhesive with no residue High moisture permeability for extended adhesion Low-glare matte finish film Product number identification...
... for use in urology and gynecology. ... fluid strike-through, and help eliminate the need ... saving time and money (1071). 23 inch ... Drape, Clear plastic, Adhesive strip, Circle aperture, ...
The Model 273 is a general purpose instrument with output that may be either DC-coupled for very slow changes such as venous occlusion and penile tumescence studies or AC-coupled for respiratory or p...
... is designed for use in sex ... This instrument has an analog output ... allows the connection of line-powered recorders ... patient safety. A built-in RS-232 ...
Medicine Products: