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      Your Health: Buy happiness, be healthier

      {} {} What brings you more happiness in life?{} {}{}{}{} New research shows buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars.{}{} But, as a new study shows people tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value.{}{}{}{} Researchers interviewed people before and after they made purchases and found that consumers felt life experiences, like a weekend trip, made them happier and offered memories. {}{}{}{} Also, the life experiences were a better use of money than material items.{}{}{}{} One psychologist at San Francisco State University says, there are tremendous benefits to happiness. {}{}{}{}{} People who are happier are more productive and healthier.{}{}{}{} The study appears online in the Journal of Positive Psychology.