Would you prefer a possession or an
It’s not uncommon to hear people speaking about owning the latest iPhone
or laptop, or the extras
on a new car. My girlfriend recently bought a new camera and that’s been
the main topic of conversation
between us for the last two weeks!
But do these new shiny plastic things we buy really make us happy, or
should we be spending the money
on experiences? Research has shown that we tend to be happier for longer
with the memory of having a
good time, and I agree.
Don’t get me wrong, I love new tech toys and gadgets as much as the next
person, but when the euphoria
of owning a new device has worn off, we still have the lovely memories
of skiing in the Pyrenees, scuba
diving in the Caribbean or trekking in the Alps.
When I look back on the last 30 years, I don’t remember music players or
bikes I’ve owned, but I smile
when I think of the time I got wet going really fast in a speed boat and
drove a Ferrari around the race
track at Barcelona.
Eating paella on the beach with friends, and dancing at a music concert
still bring me pleasure many
years after I did them. Perhaps we should think twice before buying a
new TV or another game for our
Xbox. Maybe the money would be better spent buying a memory.
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