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Expensive things and happiness

Three of my favourite expensive things:

A cognac is a variety of brandy made in the Cognac region of France. Remy Martin is a company that manufactures cognacs, and bottles aged between 2-20 years  can be found in most bars.

Here#8217;s a cognac you won#8217;t find in most bars; the Louis XIII cognacs are aged in oak barrels that are hundreds of years old. A crystal glass bottle of Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac would have cost you $US 8000, but seeing as though only 786 bottles were ever sold they are auctioned for more than $30 000.

The Lexus LFA accelerates just as fast as a Ferrari 599. But at $US 380 000, it#8217;s 100 grand more expensive than its Italian rival. Lexus only ever made 500, and because the LFA took 9 years of research, they lost money for every car they sold.

The LFA has an electronic rev counter because an analogue counter can#8217;t keep up with how  fast it gains and loses revolutions.

#8220;The Scream#8221; by Edvard Munch is an iconic expressionist artwork from the late 1800#8242;s which sold for US$ 120 million in 2012. The orange sky and anxious face portray alarm and fear. The painting has suffered some damage due to attempts of theft.

Every picture has a copyright expiration date, too much of any cognac could give you a hangover and a car is only as fast as the legal speed limit.

People wouldn#8217;t pay such prices for things because they#8217;re superior, but instead because of the story behind them.

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Can money buy happiness? Yes, up to a point. A 2008 study of 45 000 people in America showed that people with an annual income of over US$ 75 000 were more happy in general than people who earned less.

Beyond the US$ 75k point there is little reported difference in how happy people would feel, but people who earn more felt more satisfied.

A stable income could contribute to your happiness, but then of course there#8217;s more to life than your bank balance. Interestingly a study in 2005 by the University of Pennsylvania found that you are at your happiest when you express gratitude towards someone influential- as opposed to focussing on aspects of your own life or how you feel about other people.

The following short experiment by YouTube channel SoulPancake demonstrates the power of expressing gratitude.

One more thing: Lexus conducted an experiment where they matched the engine sound frequency with that of the resonance frequency of a wine glass, causing it to shatter. Check that out here .

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