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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – December 4, 2017

Retail therapy

Retail therapy

Want the high that shopping can bring but without the huge credit card bill at the end of it? Try motivating your “compassionate brain”, say scientists in this BBC article. By focusing on everything you feel grateful for, you can get the same positive feelings that buying something brings – plus it can boost your will-power. 

Biased benefactors

Biased benefactors

‘Tis the season for giving – but did you know that cuteness wins over neediness when we make donations to charity? University of Bath researchers investigated what they call the “charity beauty premium” and found that animals deemed less attractive – but that were more endangered – received less support than photogenic ones.

Plastic amnesia

Plastic amnesia

Spending more than you thought? It could be your credit card’s fault. People who make purchases with a card are less likely to remember the exact amount they paid compared with if they’d used cash, academics have discovered. And that can affect what they’ll spend in the future, they said. 

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