Want Priceless Memories? Gift Experiences, Not Things…
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Have you ever found yourself puzzled by how often those brand-new toys get played with for a day or two – maybe a week or two – and then end up sitting on the shelf, with your kids begging to have the next trending toy that is guaranteed to make them happy for hundreds of years they say? For sure.
Or how often that brand new flat-screen TV he had to have, that dazzling mini-van with leather seats and built-in TV you knew would make those “chauffeuring” days more bearable, or the latest and greatest iPhone she needed to fit in at school just isn’t that new anymore and has lost its luster?
Happiness means different things to different people, based on our own religious and political preferences. But, if you’re wanting to know what science has to say about it, keep reading…
In 2016, Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University made four studies on the subject over decades and came to the conclusion that happiness is derived from experiences, not things. He found that people were ultimately much happier as a result of experiences…
“People often think spending money on an experience is not as wise an investment as spending it on a material possession. They think the experience will come and go in a flash, and they’ll be left with little compared to owning an item. But in reality we remember experiences long afterward, while we soon become used to our possessions. At the same time, we also enjoy the anticipation of having an experience more than the anticipation of owning a possession.”
Besides, we were placed on this earth to have relationships with and love PEOPLE – not THINGS. While a new television or cell phone might seem like a more lasting value at the time, the road trip with your family this summer will provide more long-lasting memories – and in the end more happiness.
Plus, your kids will remember that experience for years and may even share it with their kids and grandchildren. I mean who doesn’t remember grandma’s stories of that “one time when they…”?
So before spending money on that next toy or gadget, consider doing something different. Put aside money towards an “Experience Trip” where you can help others, take them camping and teach them how to pitch a tent (they’ll likely come back really thankful for that soft warm bed!), or just head to the beach this Summer and build the biggest sand castle together – bigger than you’d ever imagined.
Because happiness is derived from experiences, not things.
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.