We've all heard the adage: money can't buy happiness. In this TEDx talk, social psychologist Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness - when you don't spend it on yourself. The studies show that the specific way (or the amount) you spend on others isn't nearly as important as the fact that you spend on other people. Listen to the surprising data on how pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.


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  • Read more papers based on research by Michael Norton, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
  • Based on scientific research, a group in the UK has identified 10 "keys" that tend to have a positive impact on happiness and overall well-being.
  • Next time you are feeling a bit down, do something for someone else and take notice of the effect on your mood.

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