Putting your energy and cash toward gratifying experiences rather than material things can lead to greater happiness and well-being, according to Cornell University scientists.
They analyzed studies on the joy derived from both types of purchases and found that self-fulfillment flourishes more when paying for fun outings like travel, concerts, and restaurant meals than when buying physical goods like a new flat-screen TV or yet another mala. Though events are fleeting, the experience and in-person encounters create memories you can enjoy and share with others for a lifetime. They also help form our identity and boost happiness by increasing positive social connections, say researchers.
Given that September is the Yoga Health Foundation’s National Yoga Month, now is a perfect time to test the concept. Find Yoga Month classes or events in your community (yogahealthfoundation.org) or join us at Yoga Journal LIVE! Colorado, in Estes Park, September 27–October 4.