We all love a trip to the shops to pick up the latest accessory or object of our affection. It makes us feel good, and makes us feel happier. However researchers at Cornell University, who have been studying the question of money and happiness, have found something very interesting about how long this happiness actually lasts.
It turns out that the level of happiness from purchasing material goods, doesn't actually last that long. It’s called ‘Adaption’.
“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." Dr. Thomas Gilovich explained to Fast Company.
The real positive though is that it turns out that happiness derived from experiences such as travel last much much longer. It even increases over time.
"Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods," says Gilovich. "You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences."
So next time you're looking for that happiness boost, perhaps a little trip away is just what the Dr. ordered.
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