Science says we should travel more, not less
It should be obvious to everyone by now that the best way to spend your money is on travel and experiences, but now there’s actually scientific evidence to back it up! A recent study by Cornell University has confirmed that the secret to happiness isn’t shiny new objects, but having real world experiences in the form of adventure and travel. The study, led by Dr. Thomas Gilovich, has been going on for over 20 years. He says the main difference between our value of objects and experiences is adaptation:
“We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”
Basically what the good doctor is saying is that we get used to the things we buy, and eventually, the happiness we once had dwindles. On the other hand, happiness that originally comes from things we’ve done increases as time goes by because those experiences become a part of us and help shape our individual identities. We like the sound of that! Here’s another great quote from the doctor:
“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
So what are you waiting for? Enough with the big screen T.V.s, new clothes, and smartphones. Get out there and have an adventure!