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How money could buy you a smile
You might be feeling happy today -- because it's Friday. But what about all of the other days of the week? Maybe money can buy you a little happiness.
Stacey Cohan is in Washington with the story.
This goes against all of the conventional wisdom -- but there are apparently ways to buy yourself a smile.
A researcher at Harvard says buying things at the mall won't do it. But spending some money on experiences -- like travel or concert tickets -- can give you a real boost both leading up to the event and afterwards.
And how about ditching all the self-help guides? A study out of Zurich shows people who spend time focusing on their strengths instead of perceived faults -- are happier overall.
Ditching your car can also give you a lift. People who walk or bike to the office are happier overall -- according to a study of 800 people in Portland, Oregon.
You get the endorphin rush of exercise and you avoid the daily grind of traffic gridlock.
And since it's Friday night -- might I suggest watching a movie? Specifically -- a tearjerker. A study done by Ohio State finds people who experienced sadness in movies reportedly feel better about their own lives.