Don’t Let Time Equal Money if You Want to Be Happy

by Chris Curley on March 16, 2012

Thinking of your time in terms of money may diminish your enjoyment of life, BPS Research Digest reported March 13.

People who were prompted to think about their wages before taking 10 minutes of leisure time to surf the internet were less happy afterwards than those who didn’t think about money beforehand, suggesting that thinking about finances may detract from the pleasure of enjoying a few moments of relaxation, researchers from the University of Toronto say.

In a second experiment, participants were given a piece of classical opera music to listen to; those who thought about time in terms of money were more likely to be impatient for the piece to end than those who didn’t think about money. The latter group was more likely to find the music relaxing, as well

In other words, “Thinking about time in terms of money is poised to affect our ability to smell the proverbial roses,” the researchers say.

The study appears online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

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