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SSS 2008-03-24

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This is Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin. This will just take a minute.

 On March 18th, we told you that smoking doesn’t make people happy. Well, we hear you ask, what will make me happy? What? What? Ok. First relax, then take out your wallet, because according to a study published in the March 21st issue of Science, giving money to other people is what brings us joy. Scientists from Boston and British Columbia got to wondering whether money really can buy happiness. They were bothered by the fact that over the past 20 or 30 years, people in the US and other developed countries have been making much more money. Yet our happiness has pretty much flatlined. What they found is that money can buy happiness, but only when you spend it on someone else. In one experiment, the scientists ask volunteers to rate their happiness. Then they gave each subject some cash, either 5 or 20 dollars. Half the participants were told to spend the money on themselves, the others were asked to give it away. At the end of the day, the folks who got the biggest boost1 were the ones who spread the wealth, even if it was only 5 bucks2. So if you want to be happy, here is a big tip, always leave a big tip.

 

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American’s 60-Second Science. I’m Karen Hopkin.
 


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1 boost XtHzU     
n.鼓励,激励,提高;v.鼓励,使增强信心
参考例句:
  • This will be a great boost to the economy.这对于经济发展将是一个巨大的促进。
  • These changes will help to boost share prices.这些变化将有助于提高股票价格。
2 bucks a391832ce78ebbcfc3ed483cc6d17634     
n.雄鹿( buck的名词复数 );钱;(英国十九世纪初的)花花公子;(用于某些表达方式)责任v.(马等)猛然弓背跃起( buck的第三人称单数 );抵制;猛然震荡;马等尥起后蹄跳跃
参考例句:
  • They cost ten bucks. 这些值十元钱。
  • They are hunting for bucks. 他们正在猎雄兔。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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