Life is about memories ♥ Not ‘things’
I just got back from spending a few days away with my family. Our location wasn’t extravagant and the trip wasn’t but for a few days but the experience was priceless. We dined at a famous seafood place that my daughter said because of her experience she now understands why it’s so famous (translation – the food was deeee-lish!!). We saw a 3D light show for the first time, talked about clouds and took pictures with strangers. In those few days we had many firsts and experiences together that we won’t forget.
Think about it: At the end of your life, are you going to be reminiscing about the fact that you had an iPhone 6 Plus while everyone else was still using the 5, or are you going to recall the memories you shared with family, friends and people you love. The better question is how long before the iPhone 6 is old and it’s the iPhone 10? How many dollars will you spend to have the newest ‘thing’ that is instantly old the moment it hits the shelves?
The memory of seeing the sunset from the cliffs of Jamaica, learning how to salsa, watching your child graduate, family vacations will never age, they will always be yours and no one will be fighting over them when you are no longer here. I’ve heard it said many times that no one is buried with a U-Haul fill of your ‘stuff’.
An article in Elite Daily mentions a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology that shows people who made expensive purchases on products rather than experiential investments often devalued a new item’s worth directly after buying it, according to the Huffington Post.
The researchers from San Francisco State University found people do, in fact, understand life is all about the memories we create, but we get so caught up in trends and demand that we cave and make purchases we’ll inevitably regret. Before they even made the purchases, study participants said life experiences would be more beneficial than buying the latest and greatest items on their wish lists.
After buying whatever their heart temporarily desired, participants soon realized they would much rather have put that money toward an experience, which would have increased their happiness for a more sustained amount of time.
Dr. Thomas Gilovich is a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been looking for a link between money and happiness. He says, “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.” He is absolutely right.
As we go through life maybe it’s time we stop swiping the cards every time we get paid and start thinking about the memories we could be making with just a little bit of savings and a road map from Under our Brim.