Archive for September, 2010

Boca Raton Psychologist: Can Money Buy Happiness?

September 28, 2010

Last month, “Can Money Buy Happiness?” by Sonja Lyubomirsky appeared in Scientific American.   Wealth can enable us to purchase many things, but at the same time, it may impair our ability to enjoy those things.  Wealth can undermine our ability to savor life’s small pleasures.  Although we may able to fly in a private jet, can we enjoy a sunny day after a week of rain or spend an enjoyable hour with a friend a Starbucks?

We have a choice – we can become janitors of the things that money can buy or we can use money to improve our emotional well-being.  Research shows that some of the things that can bring us happiness by spending money are as follows:  activities that help us grow as a person (taking guitar lessons);  strengthening relations with others (dinner with a friend);  contributing to the community (catering a fundraiser);  spending money on small pleasures (fresh flowers); splurging on something we work hard to get; etc.  In these challenging economic times, Doctor Nadler, Boca Raton Psychologist, helps his clients find more happiness without great wealth.

Irving Nadler, PhD    Tel:  561-361-0711