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Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

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“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,” Gilovich said. “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.”
The paradox of possessions is that we assume that the happiness we get from buying something will last as long as the thing itself. It seems intuitive that investing in something we can see, hear, and touch on a permanent basis delivers the best value. But it’s wrong.
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I try to tell my family this all the time. That we should invest in doing things together instead of buying all these high price cars and houses. We should be more connected and create more memories. Right now the only memories we have is what happened at work this week.
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Trying to do what you love should be what every one is striving for. If you go to a job you hate everyday you should stop right away. You will never have peace that way.
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Most of us will never have enough money to buy enough things to make us happy. Making moments costs nothing and you can do more and more each passing day.
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Size doesn’t matter . . . in happiness. Most people equate large purchases with large amounts of happiness, and while it’s true that buying a Maserati may give you more of a thrill than dining out with your friends, the thrill of a fancy car will soon fade and with the money you spent you could dine out a couple times a week for years in the company of friends and family.
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So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you'll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling.
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