I f I just had a new __________________, I’d be so much happier. Have you ever said that before? Have you ever fulfilled that desire and gone ahead and bought that ______________? Did it make you happier? For how long? Did that feeling go away or does every time you see or use _____________, you continue to get unprecedented happiness?
It’s very tempting to think that if I had a fancy sports car (I’m thinking a black convertible Porsche) that I’d be happy forever. But, after a few weeks or months, I’d probably start complaining about the fact that black gets so dirty so fast and I don’t have enough time to get it washed as often as I’d like. Or that the kids left crumbs in the seat crevices. Or, are those hand prints on the windows?! Maybe, eventually, I’d start desiring a newer (and better) model, that has more bells and whistles. I mean, mine will be soooo outdated!
It’s only natural that people get bored with material possessions – What, this old thing? – and so move on to something else. So, you can continue to fill you life with objects that temporarily bring you joy, OR you can make an investment in something that will bring you long-term satisfaction. I’m talking about Experiences.
A recent study claims that experiences and making memories, like taking a vacation with your best friend, playing mud football with your kids, or a candle-lit bubble bath with your partner, make us happier than things. An experience stays with you as long as you make it memorable.
It’s time to stop filling our lives with stuff and instead fill it with beautiful, funny, and exciting memories. Consider making an investment in the following:
- Your kids – have a talent show night, go hiking, fly a kite
- Your mate – go star-gazing, sail the seven seas, go in a hot air balloon
- Your family – make a picnic, go to the beach and build sandcastles, find a family project to complete
- Your friends – get together and play dodge ball, go to a comedy club, act like kids again
- Yourself – learn how to surf, read a good book, treat yourself to a fabulous meal, have a spa day
It doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money or make elaborate plans. Actually, some of the best memories come from being spontaneous and carefree. Try it today and you’ll see what I mean.