Ms. Hilary J. Iker
Writing Skills, Monday 12pm
December 16, 2013
1. Tierney suggests in his opening paragraph that money can buy happiness, “but probably not in the way you imagined.” Do you find the results of these studies surprising? Why or why not?
I don’t find them surprising because when you spend your own money on others in order to see a smile on their face you get a good feeling as for when you buy so many things that you don’t really need you end up feeling rather guilty by the end of the day.
2. Tierney writes that spending money “on yourself may not do much for your spirits.” How do people generally spend money to change their mood or lift their “spirits”?
What a lot of people do, specifically women, when they are feeling melancholy they take their stress out on shopping not only to “lift” their spirits but to make them forget about their bad day.
3. Social psychologists in the article conclude that “how people spend their money is at least as important as how much money they make” (para. 4). Does this statement seem true to you? What other factors might social psychologists take into account as far as discovering the relationship between money and happiness?
It doesn’t really seem true to me only because a lot of people who are struggling financially seem less happy even if they do end up spending some money on others because of their low budget. Other factors might include, what they spend it on