“Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better.”

― Bohdi Sanders

Our consumer oriented culture has always told us that owning more will make us happy. The big house, a closet full of designer labels, will possessing more make us exponentially happier?  We cannot buy our way there.

There is a rapidly expanding belief that life experiences mean more than possessions.  The happiness found in making purchases fades away like empty calories that leave a need for more,  but experiences; no matter how small, will last forever.

I wanted to see if this was really true.

Last summer I went on a cruise with my sons.  I bought them some t-shirts and shorts for the trip.  When I asked them about these items they could not tell me brand or color. These were purchased just few months ago.Next

I asked them about an amusement park we went to more than three years ago.  Last minute thing as our original plans fell thru.  The smiles came along with the memories. They remembered how good that wood-fired pizza was, the rides, what they liked and what they didn’t.  They even remembered the smallest most insignificant details like the tan line on my collar bone and the bird that took some fries from us.

Ask yourself similar questions, I bet you will get the same answers I did.  Guess the experiences add more value.  Pay for experiences, not for junk.

I am not a financial advisor. I hold no fancy degree and as such this is not financial advice.  This is simply what I have done and recommended my children do when the time comes.

Source: Life Experiences Rule

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