Buying an experience will make you happier than buying a gadget.
At least that’s what the book that I was reading told me.
It claimed that experiences such as concerts, special meals, exploration holidays and so on, will make you much happier than buying the latest smart phone or fast car.
Maybe it’s the social element.
After all, often we share an experience with others.
And usually we’ll tell all our friends about it afterwards.
It’s something we can re-live over and over again as we remember it and we relate it to others.
Often we’ll revisit the experience in our memories and photographs – which brings a sense of satisfaction, and a feeling of happiness,
But tell your friends you’ve just bought a new iPhone, and they’ll probably be more jealous than happy for you.
As well as that, after the initial spike of happiness with our new product, we tend to lose interest.
So if you want to be really happy…
And happy for a much longer time…
Don’t buy the latest smart phone.
Instead, spend that money on a cruise.
…Or enjoy a meal out with friends (and pay for them).
…Or buy a kayak (and experience the tranquillity of a mountain lake). Recently a chap I was listening to on a podcast said he’d done that for the very reason of buying experiences (albeit indirectly).
…Or take your family to church on Sunday.
…Or go to a concert. Classical? Rock? Whatever your taste!
And be really, really happy!
Then, of course, let us all know about it in the comments below.
By the way, the book I was reading is “59 Seconds, Think a Little, Change a Lot“. You can find it on Amazon or any good book store. I’d thoroughly recommend it!