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Mowing the lawn can be good exercise, and is fun for some people. But others who find themselves squeezed for time might find the luxury of paying someone else to do it to be of much more value than buying more stuff. Kristen Solecki for NPR hide caption

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Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

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Dan Gilbert says we're not great at predicting how much we will enjoy an experience in part because we fail to consider all of the details. We think a visit to the dentist will be terrible, but we're forgetting about the free toothbrush, the nice chat with the dental hygienist and the magazines in the waiting room. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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You 2.0: Why We're Bad At Predicting Our Own Happiness — And How We Can Get Better

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When It Comes To Our Lives On Social Media, 'There's Always Another Story'

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A girl in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. The country topped the list for gains in happiness. Nicolas Garcia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Global Ranking Of Happiness Has Happy News For Norway And Nicaragua

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Kids in Cape Town socialize as they walk to school. Children in South Africa often don't get to play outside by themselves because of the high rate of violent crimes in some areas. Henk Badenhorst/Getty Images hide caption

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