December 15, 2015 3 min read
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Seuss.
They can be triggered by a scent. A song. A photograph.
In this week’s Compassionate Gift Giving series, we’re getting nostalgic for those random memories that make us smile and warm our hearts. We’re talking about the gift of experience.
How do you compete with this year’s new gadget?! You don’t. People adapt to things. The new gadget that was so exciting last year becomes part of everyday life by the time the next year rolls around—and some new gadget comes along to replace it.
Experiences, on the other hand, like salsa-dancing lessons, acro (partner) yoga, or concert tickets last longer. Doing new things together strengthens and keeps relationships fresh.
Best of all, shared experiences can be remembered and savored after the fact; you and your loved ones can relive the best moments for years to come.
Experiences somehow magically provide free anticipatory pleasure. With material goods, waiting really gets on people's nerves—people like instant gratification, even willing to pay more for faster delivery. With experiences it isn't like that. Instead, waiting for an experience can provide a significant amount of happiness.
We don’t need a study to validate the excitement that we’ve all felt at least once in our lives anticipating a planned vacation, the flutter of butterflies in our stomach, or uncontrollably smiling while simply talking about your upcoming trip.
This is why you should book your next vacation now, today, as soon as possible—to max out the free happiness that comes from looking forward to it.
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