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Six Science-Based Ways That Money Actually Can Buy Happiness

03/27/2015 08:48 am ET | Updated Mar 27, 2015
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How much is happiness worth to you? Placing a price tag on emotional well-being may seem like a slippery slope, but scientists have a lot to say about the intersection between happiness and the money we spend.

Will the emotional value of a $300 blouse by a Parisian designer really outweigh the satisfaction of a similar one plucked from the clearance rack? Does forgoing affordable indulgences make you frugal — or does it mean you don’t think you deserve what you want? There is growing research that denial of pleasures (when you have the budget for them) isn’t necessarily good for you.

In fact, it looks like happiness can be bought. One caveat: As you might have suspected, not all splurges are alike. So, what kinds of purchases offer the greatest happiness?

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