After 40? 40 Ways to Get Your Happiness

27. Splurge on a Priceless Trip Around the World

If you’re in the market to make a big purchase, opt for a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a luxurious vacation over an object like a flat screen TV that will lose
its appeal within the year.

“Things like a new material purchase make us happy initially, but very quickly we adapt to it, and it doesn’t bring us all that much joy,” said Cornell psychology
professor Thomas Gilovich, one of the lead researchers in a study about material objects and their affect on mood. However, Gilovich et al. found that this isn’t the
case for experiences, as people aren’t as likely to compare their unique memories to those of their friends.

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