Traveling will make you rich with life experience. And this is not only figurative. Given everything that was mentioned above, while traveling, you have invested a lot in your education at the University of Life, in learning new skills and habits, as well as in friendship and personal growth. Now you can apply all the knowledge to develop your career in any field that you want. After all, it is up to you – you can do it!
Happiness is a New Success
Many people start realizing that success does not always mean happiness. Nowadays they say that being happy means being successful. A well-traveled person is smart and self-confident; people can feel their positive attitude. Such a person is an interesting communicator and listener and can influence other people and their personal growth.
What does Science Say about Happiness?
Dr. Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology at Cornell University, has been studying the relationship between happiness and money for 20 years. Dr. Gilovich and his colleagues found that people feel more satisfied with the purchase of experimental rather than material things.
Interestingly, people anticipating to purchase experience have been more satisfied than those waiting to buy material things.
“Our research is also important to society because it suggests that overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences – such as parks, trails, beaches – as much as it does material consumption,” says Gilovich.
Experiences vs Material Things
There are several possible explanations for why experiences make us happier and last longer or even a lifetime than buying material things. Many people say that experiences are more satisfying than material things.
The psychological explanation is that material things are separated from us, while experiences are part of our lives, and therefore our memories of them can last a long time. When people buy material things, they tend to compare them with something better, and after a while, they feel indifferent or dissatisfied.
From a biochemical point of view, our body produces hormones of happiness when we experience pleasure and every time we remember our memories of things based on experience. When you travel, your memories can last a lifetime and make you feel happy every time you remember them.
Happiness is Not About Money
When you travel to your desired destination you enjoy the place and your experiences will keep you happy no matter how good it was for someone else. This is particularly because your perception of your experiences belongs to you alone. Someone may have a better hotel and other services but it doesn’t mean that their experiences are better than yours. Other studies have shown that people from poor countries enjoy simple things even more than people from wealthy countries.
“Your experiences are inherently less comparative, they’re less subject to and less undermined by invidious social comparisons,” said Gilovich. When people buy material things they tend to compare them with something better and feel dissatisfied after a while.
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When we travel we create new neural pathways in our brain. These are activities that make us feel good and are associated with taking risks, survival, and pleasure. Thus, traveling is a natural and real way to happiness and personal growth.
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