Psychologists Reveal The Real Secret To Happiness
When you were last paid your salary or received money from someone, there’s a good chance you went out and bought something you wanted with the money. And when you bought it you felt good – you got a little rush of happiness. But then shortly after, the feeling was gone.
We have probably all experienced this many times and now psychologists have an explanation for it.
They suggest that one of the main impediments to happiness is adaptation. Something that initially satisfies us will soon become ordinary and therefore no longer makes us as happy as it initially did. This can be applied to the purchases we make, and it explains why some people are addicted to shopping.
It can also applied to the homes we live in. We can fall in love with a place at first but then it soon becomes boring and unexciting, even if nothing has changed about the place.
How to break the cycle
Thankfully there is a way to break this cycle and keep on feeling the happiness, and that is to travel a lot!
Professor Thomas Gilovich at Cornell University tells us that the happiness we feel when we travel feels the same as the happiness of buying something new. But the difference with travelling is that the memories we accumulate from our amazing adventures continue to stay with us for many years to come, whereas the memory of buying something new is rarely one to cherish.
It’s these fond memories that give us a sense of accomplishment and love for the world that you will never get from buying the latest gadget or item of clothing. When we revisit those memories the feelings come back and are on tap for as long as your memory is still in good shape.
So instead of thinking of hitting the high street when the money comes, maybe start to consider where you would like to travel and get a plan in action.
Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be expensive or mean travelling to the other side of the world. Your home country may have so much potential for awesome weekends away where you can enjoy being outdoors, meeting new people, learning new things.
The more you get out there and really live life, the more memories you’ll have to look back on in years to come so you can feel truly happy.
Here’s 10 Quotes About Travelling To Get You Inspired:
- “It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time.” — David Brenner
- “The breaks you take from work pay you back manifold when you return because you come back with a fresher mind and newer thinking. Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation.” — Gautam Singhania
- “The word is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — St. Augustine
- “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd
- “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” — Matthew Karsten
- “Travel not to find yourself but to remember who you’ve been all along.” — Anonymous
- “No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell.” — Jewish Proverb
- “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” — Seneca
- “A wise man travels to discover himself.” — James Russell Lowell
- “It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” — Anonymous
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