Research suggests that spending money on an experience brings more happiness than buying a possession, so instead of buying that new shirt or piece of jewelry, use money to plan a party, go to a concert, or visit a new neighborhood or a new city.
Novelty and challenge serve as important engines of happiness; we’re happiest when we have new experiences. Even small steps, such as going to new restaurants or seeing different sets of friends, can give us a boost. In fact, positive events make us happier when they’re not predictable, because the surprise makes the experience more intense.
“When one loves, one does not calculate.”
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux
- The quickest way to progress from A to B is not to work the hardest.
- It’s easier to prevent pain than to squelch it (literally and figuratively).
- Where you start makes a big difference in where you end up.