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Do objects or experiences make us happier?


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Since Sartre classified things that make us happy into the categories of having and doing, science took up the investigation into materialism and experientialism. The results have been in for a while: experiences win by a wide margin, but why exactly?

Topics in this Podcast: psychology, happiness


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