Can you buy Happiness?
Are the best things in life free? It’s hard to believe they are when we are constantly inundated with marketing taunting all the latest and greatest things available to buy. I know from personal experience, I may not think I “need” anything, but the moment I step foot into a mall, I start wanting a lot. And, I have to admit there is a bit of high that comes right when you make a purchase. This got me thinking…what does the science say?
Two professors from Cornell University and The University of Colorado at Boulder published this study: To Do or To Have? That is the Question. It’s a fascinating study (if you are a nerd like me and like to read that sort of thing). The gist: investing in life experiences makes people happier; material purchases do not.
Since Father’s Day is next weekend, it got me thinking about doing stuff with my father instead of buying him something. I only remember one gift I’ve given my dad on Father’s day (and I’m 40). When I first moved to Austin 17 years ago, I got us rowing lessons at the Texas Rowing Center. We both loved it and still talk about going back.
This year, my father and my husband will get experiences. Here’s what’s on my list:
- Go play golf. Even for someone that has never played, it’s fun to try something new. You can rent golf clubs for only $25!
- Go Camping.
- Have a Game Night. My husband loves poker so that will be our theme.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there. I hope you have an awesome experience this year!