In a fast-paced growing society of consumerism, have you ever stopped to think that the not everything has a price tag? In fact, some of the best things in life are intangible, because they’re not ‘things’ – but experiences.
It’s normal to forget this, because we’re wired to collect ‘the good life’ list… big house, nice car, new furniture, brand name gear and designer clothes. Scientists call it the Paradox of Possessions.
The paradox of possessions is that we assume that the happiness we get from buying something will last as long as the thing itself. It seems intuitive that investing in something we can see, hear, and touch on a permanent basis delivers the best value… Except it doesn’t. Researchers have found that experiences—as fleeting as they may be—deliver more lasting happiness than things.
In summary, Life goes deep beyond tangible goods! Gratitude, curiosity, exploration, laughter and love wrapped up in these moments and memories (with good friends to share the journey)… These are where we find a deeper and richer life beyond the surface. …And the best part is, it’s easy to get started… All you need is an open heart and mind to seeing the value in these everyday opportunities.
Here’s a list of examples to get you thinking:
Take a day at the beach to relax and soak in some sun and waves.
Create a reading challenge. Find books (or audiobooks) that will expand your thinking and curiosity.
Try morning meditation. If you love it, make it a daily habit.
Run a marathon. Goals+exercise are rewarding!
Be naughty, go skinny dipping with friends!?
Learn something new. A language perhaps, or an instrument?
Go camping and stargazing.
Start a journal of thoughts and ideas, or a blog.
Jump out early and catch a sunrise. So peaceful!
Volunteer for a local non-profit that warms your heart.
Compliment strangers daily. It’s simple but beautiful!
Learn something relaxing. Knitting, origami etc.
Karaoke night? Grab some friends and some tunes. Belt your heart out!
Create and grow a herb garden. Live fresh!
Gather some friends and run a games night.
Call a friend or family member, tell them you care ❤️