Planning a vacation this summer? You've chosen to spend your money in the way that's going to give you the most happiness.
It's been determined way beyond reasonable doubt that experiences are more likely than material goods to lead to happiness.
Michael Stuart's insight:
Come to the Texas coast for a beach experience that you and your family will remember forever!
7 Reasons That Science Says Experiences are better than Diamonds
1: WE SEE THE WORLD THROUGH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES -Experiences are better than material goods because of something psychologists call ‘positive re-interpretation," and what you or I would call "looking through rose-tinted glasses." If you buy a bad material good, like shoes that hurt or trousers that make you look fat, you're stuck with the fact you made a bad choice. Those shoes will always hurt. But with experiences it's not like that. You can make them seem better in your mind. Think Fish Tails
2: WE GET BORED OF STUFF EASILY
3: IT'S HARDER TO COMPARE EXPERIENCES
4: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FLOW - Flow is a mental state, first identified by a psychologist called Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that you get into when you are effortlessly engaged in whatever it is you are doing. This is what athletes mean when they say they're "in the zone." It is what spiritual gurus like Eckhart Tolle mean by "in the present." No matter what you call it, flow is essential for happiness.
5: TO WAIT (FOR AN EXPERIENCE) IS GREAT
6: EXPERIENCES MAKE THE MAN (AND THE WOMAN)
7. WE'RE PEOPLE PEOPLE - You're more likely to be happier, and I'm more likely to listen, when you talk about what you've been up to rather than what you own.