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Stressed by the Economy? Don't Let It Wreck Your Health

9. Your happiness has taken a major hit. continued...

She and her colleagues recently conducted an experiment in which participants given bonuses either spent the money on themselves or on charitable donations or gifts to friends. Participants reported feeling happier when they spent their money on others.

"My research suggests that even if you don't have a huge amount of financial resources, use what you have to try to benefit other people. So if you can use the remaining money you do have in positive ways, that can still provide you with happiness, even if your slice of the pie seems to have shrunk."

Her advice: "Instead of worrying too much about exactly how much money you have, think about how to use it best."

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