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Newsflash: first of all, there is someone whose job is studying "consumer happiness." And this expert says buying happiness doesn't need to be expensive -- which is funny, because she also said that one of the purchases that made her happiest was a safari to Africa, which didn't come cheap. But anyway! Said expert also says that buying experiences provides more satisfaction than buying things; it's better to buy a few nice things as opposed to one big-ticket item; and for her, having many mornings that start with an expensive cappuccino is better than having a new car. [NPR]