Thinking of spending your travel money, now? Are you that type of person who is more concerned on saving rather than enjoying the fruits of your labor? This is because you are afraid that your money will eventually go and disappear into nothingness? If so, it’s high time that you change your view and enjoy your money to see and explore the world. Travel. It’ll definitely make you a happier individual.
A university in New York did some psychological research about what will make a person happy. Cornell University studied and proved that the essential key to happiness is through a person’s experience other than the material things that surrounds him or her.
This study was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Gilovich and spanned for 20 long years to complete. Dr. Gilovich stated, “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for awhile. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt.”
Since we become accustomed to the things we own over the period of ownership, we also get accustomed to the happiness that we felt over that item. Hence, the level of happiness falls off as we get to adapt to the possession of that specific item. However, the memories from experiences still remain because these experiences have become a part of us and our being. It shaped and molded us to become the person that we are now. For this primary reason, the happiness that we felt also builds up as time passes.
Have you ever wondered that if you purchased that very nice sports car you have dreamed about since you were just a teen, you have a sudden surge of eupohoria and you boast it to family and friends but after several months of using it, the feeling just vanished? Gone? That is because you have already adapted to the ownership of that car and you have been accustomed to it that you don’t feel excited about it anymore.
On the other hand, when you saved up for a trip to Disneyland which you dreamed since you were just a young kid, you also have that sudden euphoria and you want to roam around and make the most out of your time from your experience. When you go home, you still have that smile on your face but it will not end at that. Years later, you’ll still find yourself talking with friends about that trip and the memories you had in there. You may find yourself talking about it to your grandchildren in the future and you may also want to bring them there.
Dr. Gilovich also advised that the greatest path towards happiness is spending your money on experiences such as developing new skills, going to exhibitions, outdoor activities and travel. Don’t save for that plasma TV screen, it’ll just wither away as years go by and become old when new versions of TV is developed.
He proved his point, “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.” A peice of advise, use your travel money wisely.