Here we are. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle and list making and crowded stores and long lines and this is where I say to myself each year….
Whew. Come on Leslie, take a deep breath. And don’t do it. Don’t lose touch with what it’s all about.
You know. The reason for the Season.
But it’s really hard, isn’t it? We have to make a conscious effort to not get swept up in all the frenzied buying and great sales and the urgent pace of it all. And whoa, those expectations!
So when I read this interesting detail about happiness I thought I’d share it with you because I know you’re trying to slow down and stay grounded in the meaning of Christmas too.
I know… more research on happiness? Do we really need to be reminded of what we already know deep down?
Well I know I do, so here it is.
According to a study on happiness and wealth, spending our money on life experiences rather than on material possessions is what ultimately makes us happy. In other words, purchases that result in being with others and experiencing a social connection is what we should be focused on.
It’s the gift of simplicity.
And the gift of simplicity is one that focuses on The Experience. The gift of our time. The act of being together and creating a special memory. Which means that instead of buying another expensive, silver knick-knack for that someone who has everything, try buying movie or theater tickets for you to take them along. Buy a gift certificate at a cozy coffee shop that includes a trip to a bookstore with you. Or maybe a golf lesson for Grandpa and your son to experience together.
Are you getting the idea?
Instead of buying a ‘thing,’ try spending your money on doing something fun together with your person in mind….
Because in the end here’s the truth. Material possessions no matter how luxurious and desirable they are, depreciate over time. They lose their value as the days go by and the heady excitement of getting it, is soon replaced by wanting the next ‘special’ thing.
But our experiences are just the opposite. As we go through life our past experiences actually become larger in our minds. They transform into precious memories and unlike material possessions, our memories become more valuable to us as we grow older.
Have you noticed this?
Have you observed how an old memory becomes more meaningful to you over time? And how those once simple experiences are now filled with poignant details that leave you smiling years later?
Do you recognize the soft, tender feelings you experience when you reflect back to a special moment in your life, which usually involves another person?
When a feeling of warm, reminiscent love washes over you?
Well that’s It.
In the end
those are the ultimate gifts that matter.
And they have very little to do with a great sale price.
today I’m wishing you the gift of simplicity,
…of slowing down
…and cherishing the small moments
with the people in your life.
If you liked this topic, you can read more about the myths of true happiness here.
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