When it is the day of payment and that deposit arrives in your account, you tend to use your card more: there is nothing stopping you from making those pending purchases. But it is crucial that we remember the importance of investing in our life experiences even more than in the next garment or gadget. It is a fact that money can not buy happiness, in fact, it seems that the happiest people in this world have found a way to distance themselves from addictions to unnecessary purchases and expenses. These people invest in travel, experiences and memories that are definitely worthwhile.
Life is made of memories, not diamonds
Just think about this: What will you remember at the end of your life, the fact that you could buy an iPhone 6 Plus while everyone else used an iPhone 5 or the gold memories you shared with the people you grew up with?
A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that people who make expensive purchases of products instead of experiences, often devalue the value of the new product directly after buying it.
On the other hand, researchers at San Francisco State University found that people do understand that life has to do with the memories they create, but they are so caught up in supply trends that they make purchases that they inevitably regret.
Concentrate on what makes you happy, not what makes you notice
An investigation by Cornell University shows that the Millennials, generation that is characterized by its massive use of digital communication and technology, are tempted to make many purchases because of the social influence, which makes certain things fashionable.
As humans, we are a product of our society. What differentiates us from our ancestors is that today we are involved in the world of social networks and almost anything we acquire is photographed for shameless self-promotion.
Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a professor at that university, has sought a relationship between money and happiness, and says:
We buy things that make us happy and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are very interesting for us at first, but then we adapt to them and their value decreases. I am not saying that you should not reward a couple of difficult weeks at work with a nice piece of clothing and a night out, but our greater investments should be directed towards experiences that create memories for a lifetime.
Our experiences are a big part of ourselves, like our material assets. You may even think that a part of your identity is connected to those things, however, they are still separated from you. On the contrary, the experiences are actually part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.
Explore the world around you
The Next Web website reports that there are 79 million people of the generation Millennials (or Generation Y) in the United States who are responsible for many of the jobs, industry and government programs: a broad goal for marketing.
But most of us are beginning to realize the priceless advantages of spending our hard-earned money on things like travel, education and recreational activities that are ultimately long-term investments in our own individual happiness.
In addition to spending more money on things that improve our lives, we must procure golden memories and unforgettable adventures. We are losing the positivity so necessary in these moments in the world.
It's time to stop sliding the cards every time you pay us and start thinking about the memories we could create with a little bit of savings and a map with a destination.