We live in a society that is obsessed with consumption. Houses, cars, technology are the items you spend your hard earned money on. But ask yourself what is your happiness quotient? Is it in buying a new house, car, iPhone? Does it help you make peace with the demons inside you? At the same time, think what would you rather discuss – a dress you last bought or experiences during a family holiday last weekend?
Excitement vs Impatience!
While anticipation of obtaining a possession causes impatience, expectation of an experience causes thrill and delight. You can enjoy experiences from the initial phase of planning as a level of excitement undergoes inside our body to experience some of the best things in life. But in case of purchasing something, more than the excitement, it is impatience that we feel within.
The Ecstasy of Giving
There are certain possessions that provide a lasting sense of happiness and fulfilment, and that includes the joy of sharing. The experience of surprising a friend or a loved one with an unexpected gift will not only make their day but leave you feeling absolutely amazing about yourself. This joy will last unlike the momentary excitement of possessing a commodity.
Little Moments Make A Billion Things
The real essence of happiness lies in living the little moments spent in the company of your loved ones. Surprises give more delight than simply giving away the gift because in that very moment you felt thrilled and so it provides lasting and more fulfilling happiness than the temporary thrill of a commodity.
Experiences Become A Part Of You
Experiences are worth investing in because they invoke in you some lessons for life. It transforms you and evolves you as an individual. Let me give you a small example. A broken heart hurts more than a broken cell phone. You know why? Because experiences last for a lifetime and their impact makes it difficult to let go of things.
Have Stories To Tell, Not Stuff To Show!
The temporary happiness achieved by buying things only provides puddles of pleasure. In other words, that kind of happiness will not last long and leave us desiring for more. Things may last longer than experiences, but the memories that linger are what matter the most. So, fill your life with experiences, not things.
So, go ahead and fill your life with some amazing experiences to share!