What if the dolls that make you happy didn’t actually make you happier?
If you can’t afford to buy a toy or a doll for your daughter, you could be missing out on a whole bunch of happiness.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have found that a doll’s happiness can be as much as five times more potent as a reward for buying the item.
In a study published in Psychological Science, researchers found that buying a doll boosted the happiness of children by up to 10 times, while buying a toy boosted the enjoyment of their life by up more than 100 times.
The study also found that the more a person bought the doll that matched their own happiness, the more likely they were to like that doll.
The researchers also found some surprisingly positive effects that may be the result of the interaction of happiness with rewards.
“Our findings suggest that the happiness that we are able to obtain from the purchase of a toy increases the likelihood that a child will be interested in purchasing that same toy from a parent or another adult,” the researchers wrote.
“For example, purchasing a doll with a high happiness score can make children more likely to like the doll they want to own.”
The researchers found a similar effect in their research on whether people want to be happy with their partner.
They found that purchasing a partner’s happiness boosted their happiness significantly.
That means, they found, if your partner’s happy, you should be too.
“People often say to themselves, ‘I wish I had a partner I could spend all my time with,'” Dr. Lillie Emsley, the lead author of the study, told Recode.
“We wanted to find out if there was a way to increase the happiness in our relationships by spending more time with our partner, and if so, what benefits that would provide.”
You can read more about the research at the journal Psychological Science.