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Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 Apr;26:54-57. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.05.002. Epub 2018 May 7.

Making seconds count: when valuing time promotes subjective well-being.

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Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4, Canada.
Negotiations, Organizations, Markets Unit, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, USA. Electronic address:


Time is a finite and precious resource, and the way that we value our time can critically shape happiness. In this article, we present a conceptual framework to explain when valuing time can enhance versus undermine wellbeing. Specifically, we review the emotional benefits of valuing time more than money, and discuss the emotional costs of valuing time like money. Lastly, we suggest directions for future research examining the causes and consequences of the value that we place on our time.

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