Nearing the end of November, I’m guessing that I’m probably not the only one with an inbox full of Black Friday offers. You too?
I don’t watch television, so I’m probably escaping the full extent of it. But as it is, I’ve stumbled across a very reasonably priced ‘plush kitten bouquet’, a set of ballpoint pens in the shape of golf clubs and a robot vacuum cleaner all in just five minutes online*. Oh the things I had no idea I needed.
With all this encouragement to invest in new things, I’ve been reading about the relationship between buying stuff and feeling good. Here’s what I’ve found:
Buying experiences can result in greater happiness than buying things
- because we enjoy anticipating and remembering experiences (whereas we adapt to and forget about new material possessions quickly)
- because we’re more likely to share experiences with others (and social connection tends to make us happier)
- because we are more likely to compare possessions than experiences (and this comparison can make us miserable)
HOWEVER, this is only true if you’re in a financially comfortable situation and have leisure hours to fill.
If money’s tight, you’re likely to feel happier about buying things
- that save you time
- that protect you from discomfort
- that help you avoid doing things you don’t like doing
Anyway, after all that thinking, I’ve come to a decision….
It’s way too complicated to figure out what to buy. I’m going to focus on giving things away instead.
So I’m curious…what have been your happiest purchases and why?
*I’m not going to link to them here because I’m willing to bet you’ve already got plenty of clickbait in your inbox. However if you need a special deal on toy kittens, novelty pens or a robot vacuum cleaner, feel free to contact me at www.littlechallenges.com and I’ll send you links. Or there’s always Google…