Counting Cash Can Make You Feel Less Pain
Money can make people feel a lot of things. But according to a recent study, the mere act of counting money makes experiences less painful. University students who participated in this psychology study were separated into two groups. One group counted cash, while the other counted sheets of plain paper. Afterwards, both groups were instructed to place their fingers in hot water (120 degrees F… hot enough to hurt, but not to cause lasting damage). Those who counted cash reported less pain.
There are numerous scientific findings linking money to the human psyche. Money can be a substitute for social popularity. Conversely… and more interestingly, the lack of money can make social rejection more painful.
As a kid I remember hearing, probably in a Sunday school setting, that “money is the root of all evil”. I don’t know if I believe that today. But I can believe that money can make jerks feel not so bad about being well… jerks.