Why do we head for the shops with such determination as soon as we have money in our wallets? With every new purchase we feel a little happier, but a few days later that satisfaction is often gone without a trace. We decided it was time to get to grips with this problem once and for all, and to make sense of how we can all find true happiness.
One of the main impediments to happiness is adaptation. Once we’ve purchased something, it then becomes ordinary and unexciting and we repeat the process over again.
Cornell University has performed research on this very issue and found a way to break this cycle. Psychology professor Thomas Gilovich said that we experience the same increase in happiness when we buy something and when we travel. However, the amount of happiness we derive from our purchase falls short over time, whereas the memories of our traveling experiences continue to supply us with happiness hormones for much longer.
When we attend different of unusual events, go on trips, learn new skills, even extreme sports, are all ideal source of happiness for us. While ann electronic device or car will eventually become just another ordinary object we own, and become outdated. Every new memory, will become a source of joy that stays with us for our entire life.
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