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  • Author: Sarah Jane Gilbert is a Web product manager at Harvard Business School.
  • Updated: 02/23/2009

Spending on Happiness

Money can't buy you love but it can buy happiness--as long as it's money for someone else. New research by Harvard Business School professor Michael I. Norton and colleagues Elizabeth W. Dunn and Lara B. Aknin, described in the journal Science, looks into how and why spending money on others promotes happiness. Norton explains more in this Q&A.  How much money people earn is less important for their happiness than how they choose to spend it.  Although people believe that having money leads to happiness, new research suggests they are happier if at least some of the money is given to others.

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  • Updated: 02/23/2009
  • Copyright: MSNBC

MSNBC presentation on paper & plastic bags -
environmental issue

Click on Battle of the Bags/

This presentation displays the pros and cons of using paper and plastic bags.  It discusses the impact that this choice has on the environment.  The article continues to talk about the use of reusable bags and reducing the number of plastic or paper bags that a person uses.

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  • Author: David Michael Bruno
  • Updated: 02/09/2009
  • Copyright: David Michael Bruno

The 100 Thing Challenge is my little way to personalize my efforts to fight consumerism.

What's behind it? My belief that material possessions can be good when they serve a greater purpose than possession alone. We should make better use of our things than just owning them. My hope is that by living a year with 100 personal things, I'll be able to show that an average American guy does not need tons of stuff to live the good life. And also I hope to shed some light on the nature of consumerism in our culture. Thanks for following along!

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  • Updated: 11/26/2008

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  • Author: SELECT Multimedia Resources
  • Updated: 11/20/2008
  • Copyright: SELECT Multimedia Resources
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Select is a program of continuing theological education designed for small groups. These resources are intended specifically for clergy, Deaconesses, Diaconal Ministers, Associates in Ministry and for laity. Select is a program of the Division for Vocation and Education of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), working in cooperation with Lutheran seminaries. However, most of the courses offered are appropriate for use by persons of all denominations.