HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS
What is happiness? Why is happiness important? Where can we find happiness? In this workshop we will discover how you actually CAN buy happiness as well as how to live a longer, healthier and happier life. We will look at Bhutan - a country that measures ‘Gross National Happiness’ and we will learn some lessons from the happiest man in the world.
HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS
Contrary to popular belief it turns out that you actually can buy happiness. Social science researcher, Michael Norton explains how in his fascinating 2011 TED Talk. According to his study, apparently money can indeed buy happiness – when you don’t spend it on yourself!
WINNING THE LOTTERY WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER
CNN wrote an interesting article on what happens to people when they win the lottery. It turns out people think when they win the lottery, their lives are going to be amazing. This article is about how their lives get ruined. So what happens when people win the lottery is, number one, they spend all the money and go into debt and number two, all of their friends and everyone they have ever met find them and bug them for money. It ruins their social relationships. They end up with more debt and worse friendships than they had before they won the lottery.
THE HAPPINESS EXPERIMENT
Michael Norton and his colleagues devised some clever experiments to test if spending money on others instead of yourself did actually make you feel happier. They approached students on the campus at the University of British Columbia and asked them if they wanted to be in an experiment. They then asked them how happy they were and handed them an envelope that contained some money. In some envelopes it said “By 5pm today, spend this money on yourself." Others got an envelope saying "By 5pm today, spend this money on somebody else."
THE COFFEE EFFECT
Later that evening, the researcher called up the students and asked what they spent the money on and how happy they feel now. Many of the students spent the money on earrings or makeup. Some gave the money to homeless people. The majority went to Starbucks and bought coffee. Some people bought a coffee for themselves, but others said that they bought a coffee for somebody else. So the very same purchase but just targeted towards yourself or targeted towards somebody else. The researchers discovered that the people who spent money on other people got happier. For the people who spent money on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less happy, it just didn't do much for them. They also saw the amount of money doesn't matter that much. It didn’t matter if they spent $20 or just $5. What really matters is that you spent it on somebody else rather than on yourself.
*** THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE 'HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS' WORKSHOP! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE THIS CONVERSATION WORKSHOP IN FULL, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND A FRIENDLY GROUP OF PEOPLE, THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
The rest of this workshop will discuss...
- YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO AMAZING THINGS TO BE HAPPY
- BUY A MICROSCOPE
- INSIDE OUT
- LESSONS FROM THE LONGEST STUDY ON HAPPINESS
- SO WHAT HAVE THEY LEARNED?
- HOW CAN WE LIVE HAPPIER AND LONGER LIVES?
- MARK TWAIN
- GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS
- THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
- FOUR LIFE LESSONS FROM THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST MAN
- MEDITATION TIPS
What is happiness? Please let us know by leaving a response in the comment section below.
- happiness: (noun) [Portuguese: felicidade] - Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
- to bug: (someone): (verb) [Portuguese: irritar] - to continue asking someone to do something in a way that annoys them.
- debt: (noun) [Portuguese: dívida] - something, typically money, that is owed or due. “I paid off my debts”
- feud: (noun) [Portuguese: rixa] - a state of prolonged mutual hostility, typically between two families or communities, characterized by violent assaults in revenge for previous injuries.
- campus: (noun) [Portuguese: terrenos de universidade] - the grounds and buildings of a university or college.
- earrings: (noun) [Portuguese: brincos] - a piece of jewellery worn on the lobe or edge of the ear.
- makeup: (noun) [Portuguese: maquiagem] - cosmetics such as lipstick or powder applied to the face, used to enhance or alter the appearance.
- homeless: (adjective) [Portuguese: sem abrigo] - (of a person) without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets.
- trivial: (adjective) [Portuguese: banal] - of little value or importance.
- to portray: (verb) [Portuguese: retratar] - depict (someone or something) in a work of art or literature.
- millennial: (noun) - a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000; a Generation Y.
- sophomore: (noun) - a second-year college or high school student.
- bricklayer: (noun) [Portuguese: pedreiro] - a person whose job is to build walls, houses, and other structures with bricks.
- to bicker: (verb) [Portuguese: brigar] - argue about petty and trivial matters.
- Cognitive therapy - is based on the cognitive model, which states that thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behaviour, and distressing emotional responses. This involves the individual working collaboratively with the therapist to develop skills for testing and modifying beliefs, identifying distorted thinking, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviours.
- GDP (Gross Domestic Product): (noun) [Portuguese: Produto Interno Bruto] - the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year.
- “How to buy happiness”, Michael Norton, November 2011, TED Talk
- “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness”, Robert Waldinger, November 2015, TED Talk
- “The surprising science of happiness” Dan Gilbert, February 2004, TED Talk
- Gross National Happiness
- “Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world”, Annie Kelly, December 2012, The Guardian
- “The habits of happiness”, Matthieu Ricard, February 2004, TED Talk
- “Life Lessons From The World's Happiest Man”, Mat Smith, December 2015, Esquire
- “Jerry Seinfeld Interview with Bob Roth about transcendental meditation”, November 2004, David Lynch Foundation
- Headspace, Meditation App
- Insight Timer, Free App, meditation platform
- “Britain’s youngest Euromillions winner wants to sue Lotto for ‘ruining her life’”, Simon Robb, Metro, Feb 2017,
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