It turns out TRAVELLING makes you happier than material things…
We are all in the pursuit of happiness and the topic of what makes us happy has been debated for centuries. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of society, and although money does equal happiness to some extent when it comes to human’s basic needs, it doesn’t make you that much happier.
It is commonly believed that spending money on physical objects that have a long lifespan (like a watch), will keep them happy for longer. Whereas, if something is fleeting and over quickly like an experience – you don’t have that long lasting feeling of satisfaction. These are actually common misconceptions.
Dr Thomas Gilovich a psychology professor at Cornell University, an expert in the field of money and happiness says: “One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation. We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”
So what are we to do? He suggests that we rather spend money on experiences, travel – broaden your horizons. Take time to enjoy outdoor activities with your family and friends, or even learn something new. Think about it, although the experience has passed, you lived it, you experienced it first hand and when looking back on the memories it is something you can cherish forever. According to Dr Gilovich material things will remain separate from you, whereas experiences become a part of you.
Experiences also connect us to people, try telling your colleague about the new fridge you bought, chances are they will nod and smile, but tell them about the funny incident on the beach this holiday and you have got their attention; it may even spark a memory they have, which they can share with you.
The moral of the story – invest your time and resources to enjoy experiences, make memories, have fun and work on your relationships.