“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho
No doubt about it. Our society considers material possessions and physical comfort more important than spiritual values. Because we have been led to believe that spending money on things, a lot of things, and a lot of nice things, we think things will make us happy. Everywhere we are, in our homes, in our vehicles, on our phones, on our computers, in stores … the media inundates us with “bigger, better, MORE! And you can’t be happy without it.” But happiness is NOT found in things or in spending money on things.
Stop Spending Money on Things
There is some truth to the saying, “Money buys happiness,” though. It’s only short-lived. So you must buy bigger, better, MORE in order to maintain the thrill you get when you buy something new. Don’t believe me? Try buying a new gadget, the latest technical device, this year’s new make and model of car, or on-trend outfit. How do you feel? But the thrill always fades.
The San Francisco State University researched and found that people who spend money on experiences rather than spending money on things were happier. They also felt better about the money that they spent.
Start Spending Money on Experiences
Since the thrill of spending money on things fades quickly, stop buying stuff and start buying experiences! From epic adventures to hiking your favorite trail, here are some ideas to help you think about spending your money on experiences.
Interact with Others Often
People who have more frequent social interactions live longer, healthier lives. They also experience less stress, depression, and feelings of isolation. Consider spending small amounts of money to socially interact with others:
- Dining out
- Getting a pedicure with your mom and daughters
- Going to the annual Christmas symphony concert
- Meeting for coffee at the local favorite coffee shop
- Spending a three-day weekend at a bed and breakfast with your family
- Coming home with a favorite movie and popcorn on a Friday night
And that’s just to name a few! There are so many other great ways to de-stress, have a great time, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Give Randomly with Thoughtfulness
Whether you give of your time or possessions to others, there isn’t much else that will provide you as much happiness and fulfillment. Maya Angelou quoted, “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did. They will remember how you made them feel.” Spend your money on an experience for someone else just because.
- Surprise your best friend or spouse with the perfect item
- Purchase a bouquet of fresh flowers for your mom
- Take your dad out to lunch during his lunch break at work
- Write a note to someone who is going through a hard time or who happened to come to mind
What Makes You Happier? Money or Experiences?
Yes, more money gives you more options. But spending money on things versus experiences leaves you empty and wanting to spend more.
Experiences contribute to social relationships and give us greater satisfaction, a satisfaction that will last a lot longer than the thrill of a new and bigger flat screen.
Do you bond more with others when discussing things or sharing experiences? Think about this. After a loved one is gone, what we experienced together with them is what we enjoy remembering and talking about with others. So, invest your time and money on experiences with and for others.
Name some of the great ways you like to de-stress, have a great time, and create memories that will last a lifetime in the comments below. Then book a stay with us at Fort Laramie Bed and Breakfast and add it to your list. Call Arnold and Kathy Tollefson at 1 (307) 532-6496 to book your stay today!
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