As like the majority of the world we slave away day in day out working 9-5 chasing that elusive dollar. Only to be hit with a pile of bills and other debts which take the majority of our paychecks before they even hit your bank account. That is why it is essential that the remaining money is spent on something that will enrich your life and provide you with happiness.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that the latest IPhone or a all the latest fashion accessories will give them satisfaction. Don't get me wrong I am just as guilty. While these luxury items do make you feel great initially. The effect soon wears off and the fulfillment fades.
Compare, compare, compare.
It is in human nature to always strive to be the best at what you do. Our possessions are no different. How many times have you bought a new phone only to have a family or friend buy an even later/newer model. Suddenly you feel inferior with your new purchase and the happiness of your new purchase is suddenly gone.
The unfortunate thing about possessions is there will always be someone with more money, more possessions no matter how hard you try.
The Ugly Side of Expectations.
When we purchase a new item whether it be a new car, phone or other good we gain new standards and expectations. Soon we get used to our new products and start to crave that feeling of a new possession and have a new expectation. Even if the item is still relatively new, suddenly its worth to us has been completely devalued.
Day in Day out this ugly cycle continues, and therefore we will never be completely satisfied no matter how many new items we buy.
Comparisons Matter Little When Travelling
One of the best things about travel is that no two trips are ever the same. Even if you travel to all the same places, and see all the same sights as someone else. They will never be identical. The beauty of this is that no one can take away your happiness. Unlike physical products you are not going to feel the need to compare your experiences. You will never feel inferior with your purchase just because someone else has bought a newer version of your purchase. Therefore spending your money on travel will leave you with a much longer lasting sense of fulfillment.
The Beauty of Anticipation
Unlike possessions from the moment you start planning your holiday, you will be filled with a mix of emotions. These are almost always certainly positive emotions. You will surely be feeling exhilarated that you are finally going to be able to tick that destination off your bucket list. The best part of this feeling is that it doesn't wear off. In fact it only increases as the days to departure get closer. Before you have even left on your adventure you are already reaping in the fulfillment of your travels.
Memories Created From Travels Last A Lifetime
If you look back on all your happiest moments in your life what is the common factor? Is it buying that new phone or pair of shoes? Probably not. More than likely all your best memories have been from experiences you have had with friends or family. So why not take every opportunity to make the most memories you can. A recent study on the elderly showed that the biggest regrets they had in life was the experiences they didn't take. Not all the luxury items they did not buy. Trust me. You won't look back at the end of your life wishing you bought that new TV. Rather you will reflect wishing you spent more time on experiences with your friends and family.
Although this short list could go on forever with all the benefits of experiences. These are just a few of the reasons why you should spend your money on experiences rather than possessions. Life is short. So why waste your time and money on things that will not bring you the most happiness in life. At the end of the day possessions will always get old, however our memories will last a lifetime.
Let us know below some other reasons why you spend money on experiences rather than possessions!
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