I thought this was a good article, and not just because it's relevant to a conversation Karen and I had this morning about the cost of various home maintenance and improvement projects.
"If you can stay conscious of what the real-life value of your purchase really is, in terms of the experience it offers, then you can find enormous leverage in what investments you make. That’s where we can really profit, if we recognize that wealth is not actually money, it’s capacity for quality of life."
How to buy happiness
I think the analogy of the chocolate bar is interesting. I know from personal experience--and happiness research backs this--that if the chocolate bar had been shared with another person, then it would have been a sound investment.