Can money buy happiness? No, and neither can spending money, suggest researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Their as-yet-unpublished study took a look at consumer shopping habits over the last three decades and compared it to participation in religious activities, and found that, among women, money makes us much less happy than going to church.
Further evidence that the accumulation of stuff isn't the route to happiness. From MSN: "A new study suggests that a decline in religious participation, and an increase in shopping opportunities could be making us miserable."