The Zoomer Report: Wanting What You Have

Some say the key to happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

Researchers at Texas Tech University and Wichita State University tested this maxim and found it to be true. They asked their subjects to indicate whether they owned 52 different desirable items like cars, stereos and shoes. They also asked them to rate their desire for these items.

The results show that simply having more stuff didn’t make these people happy. Some grew accustomed to their possessions and got less pleasure from them. And those who said they are happy with only the best products tended to be less content.

On the other hand, those who continued to want the things they have achieved greater happiness.

In other words, the data shows you need to appreciate those things you have. And it’s also important to keep your desire for things you don’t own in check.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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