This article is an extract of chapter #8 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – Walt Disney
We all dream of fast cars, expensive yachts and magnificent showcase homes.
But do these things really make us happy?
Research says – well, yes, actually. Let’s be honest. Anyone that says they’re happy while stone broke is probably lying. Having a little money behind you is always a great idea. Money makes things happen.
But even so, studies have shown that the happiness “created “by material goods is only ever temporary.
Within a few months, the dog hairs have permanently settled into the back seat of your once-new Mercedes – and annoying neighbors have moved next door to your beach home in Santa Monica.
The initial rush these material pleasures once brought soon subsides.
So, how do you get a lasting buzz from your money?
Well, those same studies showed that investing in experiences rather than material goods created greater lasting happiness.
From traveling in the tropics to overnight on the Orient Express, mini “life adventures” brought with them an immediate thrill – and a lasting memory and experience of the world, which resulted in greater long-term happiness.
So, rather than hoarding your cash, or spending it on merely material pleasures – why not indulge in a few mini life adventures of your own?
Go on a safari holiday in Africa. Visit the location of your favorite film. Hunt down the Aurora Borealis at the tip of Sweden. Take two weeks out and explore your own country.
Learn a new language. Visit your local tourist board and follow their recommendations. Get involved in a nearby wine tasting group. Discover ballroom dancing.
It doesn’t have to be big and it doesn’t have to be expensive. And you can always do it on your own, too.
Even more exciting, set yourself crazy challenges and see what happens. Write a blog, or book, about your experiences.
Say “Yes!” to everything for a week and see what happens. Date twenty men over two months. Dine out somewhere new every night for two weeks. Meet five new people every day for a week. Go out with a new group of friends every week for two months. Find five people on the Internet with the same name as you – and try to meet one of them.
By living, and truly experiencing life, we feel more whole, fulfilled and authentic.
So, experience – don’t hoard – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Experience, Don’t Hoard!