5 reasons to invest in experiences over buying stuff
You work your tail off to make a living, wouldn’t you say? To make a dollar, or, preferably thousands of them, you have to put in some serious (wo)man-hours. A lot of that cash goes into covering basic necessities and savings but once you’ve got those covered, you get to choose where to put the rest. We’re lucky because there are so many options for how you can spend your money. Some people decide to put their dollars towards fancy clothes and toys, others choose to put it towards life experiences. Though I love to wear different outfits regularly, I have opted to invest in my experiences.
Experiences don’t necessarily mean lavish getaways or thrilling adventures. I expose myself to new experiences regularly by eating at different restaurants, going to concerts or taking a drive to some place new. Putting your hard-earned dollars towards experiences is an investment in your happiness and overall wellbeing.
Here are my top 5 reasons for choosing to invest in experiences over buying stuff:
No. 1: You don’t have to find a replacement soon.
Buying stuff feels GREAT for, like, a second. Sometimes you have to save for months just to get the newest version of some toy and you’re stoked when you first get it. But after an hour or so that feeling disappears so you feel compelled to go get a new thing for a new, even bigger rush. We’re addicted to consuming stuff and it’s not totally our fault. We’re surrounded by messages encouraging us to buy, buy, buy! A lot of that stuff is designed to stop working within a few months so you’ll have to go get a replacement. To me, that’s super annoying. Experiences aren’t designed with planned obsolescence in mind. Experiences also don’t break. Seasoned travelers know that the adventure gets good once things start to go wrong. You have to rally and find a solution because you can’t just throw it in the trash.
No. 2: Get out of your comfort zone.
Buying new stuff is just getting more of the same. New TV, same room and couch. Experiences quite literally pull you out of your comfort zone. Maybe you’re trying something new or going to some place new. Either way, it’s not the humdrum of daily life, it brings much needed variety to your day for a happier life. A predictable life gets boring after a while. It can be scary to leave your bubble but it’s so good for your soul.
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No. 3: Form new perspectives and expand your mind.
When you’re pulled out of your comfort zone you’re looking at the world through a different lens. You may find yourself in a more compassionate state of mind or sent on a totally different life trajectory. Learning about the workings of the world can only bring you more ideas, interests and contributions. I believe one of the surest paths to happiness is one of continuous learning.
No. 4: Keep your life-long memories.
Even if the experience is brief, you’ll hold the memories forever. Whether they’re good or bad, they’re yours to keep and learn from. Did you have the time of your life? You can tap into your memory bank to feel it all over again. There’s no expiration date or planned obsolescence.
No. 5: Share your experiences with others.
You can show people the new stuff you got but you don’t get to share in the joy, triumphs or fears of new experiences. Having someone with you as you take adventures through the world is a beautiful, magical thing. Humans are social creatures, after all. Being with another person will enhance the experience in a way that objects never could. You’ll learn so much about each other and can talk about it for years to come.