2011

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Self-Handicapping: Why Making Excuses Hurts You

29 November 2011

It’s natural to make excuses for poor performance but they can be dangerous…

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How to Get More Pleasure from Your Money

21 November 2011

By delaying purchases you can get ‘free pleasure’ from anticipation and uncertainty, plus you’ll make better decisions.

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Buy Less Insurance

15 November 2011

Our minds cope better with negative events than we imagine, so avoid the extended warranty.

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Buy More Experiences and Less Stuff

10 November 2011

Experiences improve with time, resist unfavourable comparisons and are often mentally revisited (unlike stuff).

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Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness

31 October 2011

Contrary to many people’s instincts, money spent on others gives more happiness than money spent on themselves.

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The Dangers of Comparison Shopping

27 October 2011

Canon or Nikon? Apple or PC? This or that? Does it really make that much difference? No, not as much as we predict.

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Why Many Small Pleasures Beat Fewer Larger Ones

25 October 2011

The psychological mysteries of cakes and massages revealed.

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