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MONEY MAKES YOU LESS LIKELY TO SAVOR SMALL PLEASURES
The notion that money can't buy happiness has, in recent years, been backed up by a lot of
psychological research. The wealthy have access to many pleasure-producing goods and experiences,
so why are the

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MONEY MAKES YOU LESS LIKELY TO SAVOR SMALL PLEASURES The notion that money can't buy happiness has, in recent years, been backed up by a lot of psychological research. The wealthy have access to many pleasure-producing goods and experiences, so why are they no happier than the rest of us? Rich individuals, and less-wealthy people with money on their minds, are less likely to slow down and savor the Snickers candy bar. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, a research team led by Jordi Quoidbach reports money "impairs people's ability to savor everyday positive emotions and experiences.” They conclude this negative effect can “undercut other emotional benefits provided by money." In other words, that rich guy undoubtedly enjoys driving his fancy sports car to the beach. But once he meets you there, you're more likely to get a genuine happiness out of the gorgeous sunset. Quoidbach and his colleagues reached this conclusion after conducting this study. The experiment featured 40 volunteers, who participated in a taste-testing study featuring varieties of chocolate. However, only half were exposed to a photograph of money as they were tasting the chocolate. Then the researchers evaluated how much joy the participants showed on their faces as they tasted the chocolate. They also found that those had been exposed to the photo of cash “spent significantly less time eating the chocolate, and displayed significantly less enjoyment." The scholars' conclusion: When it comes to happiness, money gives with one hand providing access to pleasurable experiences — but “takes away with the other, by undercutting the ability to relish the small delights of daily living." (Tom Jacobs is the author of "Money makes Your Less Likely to Savor Small Pleasures" published on Jun 14, 2017) Writing Directions: Read the passage above and write an essay responding to the ideas it presents. In your essay, be sure to summarize the passage in your own words, stating the author's most important ideas. Develop your essay by identifying one idea in the passage that you feel is especially significant, and explain its significance. Support your claims with evidence or examples drawn from what you have read, learned in school, and/or personally experienced. Remember to review your essay and make any changes or corrections that are needed to help your reader follow your thinking. You will have 90 minutes to complete your essay.

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