Researchers now can confirm the age-old saying -- money can't buy you happiness.  You go out for some retail therapy, you buy some stuff, and they find out you really don't feel any better.  Family therapist Julie Nise questions that approach anyway.

“The distraction of going shopping for stuff you don't really need -- and possibly can't even afford -- is probably not the best strategy,” Nise says, “to attain happiness.”

Shoppers told the scientists whether they buy material items or life experiences -- like tickets to a ballgame -- they are no happier after the purchase than they were before.

“If you aren't internally happy, to start with,” she says, “all the money in the world isn't going to help.”