People Who Spend Money on Experiences Instead of Things Are Much Happier


We all feel richer on payday than we did the day before, but that instant gratification doesn’t last long.

The value of investing in once-in-a-lifetime experiences and precious memories with our loved ones greatly outlasts any over indulgence on the next hot item. Money cannot buy happiness only a way to it.

The pursuit and purchase of physical possessions will never fully satisfy our desire for happiness. It may result in temporary fulfillment, but the happiness found in buying a new item rarely lasts.

According to researchers from San Francisco State University, people understand that this life we get to live is about creating memories and not the glitz and glamour of trendy clothes and technology. But again, it is easy to get wrapped up in purchases that we will ultimately regret.

If we think about it, when we are 90 and on our deathbeds, will we cherish that new iPad or gold watch or the memories and moments we created with the people who made an impact on our lives?


Investing in relationships and in particular in the skills that make relationships flourish is a much better choice for lasting happiness than purchasing goods for instant gratification.

The next time you pull out that plastic card to buy something, take a breath and wonder how the same amount of money could be spent to bring you closer to people who can make you feel good.

Thanks to David Wolfe’s article for the inspiration