Why You Need to Spend Money on Experiences.
A lot of people are in constant pursuit of happiness. While it is true that money can make you happy, it does not really make you happier. While it may make things easier, it all comes down on how we spend our hard-earned money.
After a brush with death, I decided many years ago that I was going to live life to the fullest. I was going to eat great food, spend time in good company and visit places that I’ve only ever seen in history books or magazines. I want to see how other people live, learn new things and meet new people and maybe make a difference as I go. I concluded that life isn’t just about working to buy things but, we are on this world to experience.
There is a good assumption that many people often make when spending money. For one, they feel that since objects last longer, they can feel happier for a longer period of time as compared to a one-time experience such as a going to vacation destinations, a concert or while you are enjoying an amazing dish cooked by a sous chef. According to recent studies, it often turns out that this way of thinking is wrong.
The Better Option–Travel.
I live by the mantra: “Travel as much as you can, as far as you can and as often as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.” So, I rather opt out from buying a new designer bag or shoes every month (I buy one every couple of years, quality lasts) and I rather spend my pennies on worthwhile experiences.
For example, traveling to a new part of the world where I will be immersed in culture, learn new skills or doing interesting outdoor activities or excursions that take us out of our comfort zone can truly make you feel alive! Whether it is big or small, they are memories you will carry with you forever.
Give Them Something to Remember.
I am very happy that I’ve been able to give my daughters experiences that they will always remember. While I give them all they need and more, I know that they will always remember the time we spent and where we spent it. Whether it is on a pirate ship in the middle of the Caribbean ocean or cuddling in our bed at home watching movies. They won’t remember what I bought them but, they’ll remember what we did together.
The average mind tends to wander about half of the time. Such kind of wandering is not even good at all as it can be dangerous towards the well-being. Happiness is often found in the contentment of experiences moment after moment. There is no material item that is valuable intrinsically, except in things that promises happiness.
Satisfaction in keeping a thing does not really have to come at the time it was acquired. It may come in the form of nostalgic longing or anticipation. All in all, however, the capability of the human brain to consider events that are past and future at tedious and great length has come at the expense of feeling happiness. Unless the mind is trained to think of something that is exciting, it may tend to wander off.
Experiences connect people on a much deeper level.
The science behind getting a good experience through travel is the best option that you can have. There are a lot of vacation destinations that are available for deciding. You may want to bring along your family or even consider a travel experience with your group of friends. Whatever happens during the trip adds to the beauty of the entire journey. For instance, when it rains on a planned beach trip, this unexpected experience can bring people together, thus intensifying bond. The trip becomes memorable, something that cannot be bought by money.
So, if you spend your money on experiences and not things, you should take advantage of travel tips in order to avoid hassles and save money while traveling. Even when you use tips on how to pack for a vacation, it can make traveling so much easier!
Ultimately, the memories that you create and the stories woven becomes sweeter as time passes by. What it comes down to is finding the right balance that works for you. While it gives me great satisfaction to pay my bills every month and having ownership in my life, I yearn to truly experience.
You work hard for your money, how do you spend it?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.