You may have heard…
Cornell Psychology research says experiences are a key to happiness as opposed to things making one happy. Things make us happy for the short-term, whereas experiences make us happy over time.
They did not really need research to come to this conclusion. Anyone that buys things to make themselves happy realizes that this particular happiness fades which leads to more buying. Their research found experiences shape our identity when reliving the experience over and over. Anyone that visits somewhere new can tell you this even years after.
The assumption made when spending money is that since a physical object will last longer, it must give more gratification. Many people think it makes them happier longer than a one-time experience like a vacation. But that is not the case. For another little traveler and a post about “joy can come from things we do, not the things we own”…. see Lessons of the Hummingbird, One for the Road.
I spent some time packing for my trip to Germany this morning, and got a few new items to make packing even easier and neater. My D750 camera will now be safe in Eagle Creek’s handy packing cube and the iPad has a new padded sleeve. I am big on travel conveniences and anything to make travel better.
Newest to my travel conveniences is my Nexus card. It certifies me as a trusted traveler with all the benefits afforded to Global Entry. I can swipe my passport at an airport kiosk, which digitally takes the customs’ declaration. I can now skip the processing line of travelers from the flight when I fly into Washington’s Dulles. With TSA-Pre, it will help leaving from Newark. This trip will be a good trial run for seeing how that works out. I can bet my Nexus benefits makes me happy, after all, it is an experience.
Living on the Canadian border, I visit Canada frequently, even walking over. Now I don’t need my passport when visiting Canada if crossing the bridge only for Nexus travelers. I live between two bridges to Canada, and can walk to both. A Nexus card is for convenient and speedier travel between the two countries – avoiding those long lines. The card gets TSA Pre-Approval ($85) along with Global Entry ($100). Nexus costs only $50, so that is a great savings. You need a reason to get a Nexus card though (the interviewers ask why you want one), not everyone can have one I am guessing. I was fingerprinted and had an eye-scan in Canada. There is no doubt about who I am on flights or at customs now.
New purchases are a rain poncho from Magellan and new, packable rain boots from Hunter. I am going to be dry and look cute too! I never care much about appearance, but do like my new boots. So I guess you could say, my new boots make me a little happy since they will keep me dry. I suppose that is an experience.
So is a garden an experience or a thing (possession)? Did you see my garden on the last post?
Post 900 today. That is quite a few, no? Next post from Austria hopefully. Fingers crossed. Thank you for all the best wishes on my health too. I received many visits, phone calls, cards, flowers, emails, and comments on the blog. Everyone has been so wonderful. Have a great day…