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New Study - Money Can Buy Happiness, But There’s A Catch

April 16, 2008

It's true, money CAN buy happiness. The catch? You're happier when you spend that money on someone else. Researchers at the University of British Columbia conducted a series of studies to measure how people felt after being generous. Co-author Lara Aknin reports on their findings.

"Interestingly enough, it seemed that when we asked people what they thought would make them happier, most people thought that spending more money on themselves would do the trick. But in fact, our research suggests it's the opposite."

Aknin says the research team was surprised to find that the amount of money spent on others didn't matter, adding that even the people studied were astonished by the results. However, since the study appeared in the journal "Science," members of charitable organizations have told Aknin they're not surprised at all -- the results prove what they've been saying all along about the power of giving.

Such groups are making it even easier to "get happy," by setting up online donation capability. Caitlin Carlson, of the international aid organization Mercy Corps, says her nonprofit, which has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in 100 nations since 1979, even has programs that leverage donations so they can be increased by matching funds.

"Matching grants is a great example, where we put up a certain amount of money and it is matched by a government agency or a foundation. That way, even a single dollar can go a very long way."

More information about Mercy Corps is available at

Lori Abbott/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CA