Fascinatingly obvious. The most interesting sound bites:
1. Money spent on experiences brings more satisfaction than money spent on goods. “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy Then You Probably Aren’t Spending It Right.”
2. “(Studies have shown that marriage increases happiness.)” and related —
3. “A $20,000 increase in spending on leisure was roughly equivalent to the happiness boost one gets from marriage”
4. Hedonic adaptation = “a phenomenon in which people quickly become used to changes, great or terrible, in order to maintain a stable level of happiness.” Like with drugs, people build up a tolerance to the joy of consuming.
5. This ain’t good for the American economy.
6. Portland Oregon is a good sample size to prove any Henry David Thoreau-esque point.