Kasser comments on “Buying Happiness”

From: Business World – Philippines (Manila)

Satisfaction, the lasting kind, cannot be bought. Buying something new only produces a fleeting “high.” The sensation of novelty wears off quickly. The individual will crave for something new — over and over again… Psychological research data gathered from 13 countries revealed that people who think that affluence is a priority in life tend to experience anxiety, depression, and a low level of well-being. Dr. Richard Ryan of the University of Rochester and Dr. Tim Kasser of Knox College, Illinois, conducted the comprehensive survey for several years on the subject. Their published journals paint a bleak portrait of people who value “extrinsic goals” such as wealth, fame, and beauty…