I absolutely agree that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. Now there is a study to confirm that idea in an article I just found on CNN.com.
What a great opportunity in these times of changes to enrich our lives through more experiences rather than possessions. And the experiences do not have to be the expensive kind as in a trip around the world or a stay in a luxury spa.
I realized that for me experiences within my community of family members, friends and acquaintances are the ones that I cherish the most. They stay with me and in my memories for quite a while. I also found that these shared experiences help me feel more connected to the individual members. And the more connected I feel, the more I am able to send fear (when it does raise its head) on a vacation to Australia…
When I created my list, I realized that I came up with a lot of ideas for activities that are usually associated with children and childhood. Funny…
Here is a list of inexpensive suggestions I came up with:
- A group hike and picnic to a lake, river or mountain
- Barbecue potluck
- Get to know your neighbor parties
- Weekly drumming or singing circles
- Surprise birthday parties
- Pick up ball games in the park
- Community pajama parties
- Treasure hunts
- Community talent shows
- Potluck picnics in the park
- Summer sunset parties
- Full moon hike in the snow
- Knitting or crochet circles
- Used clothing swaps (or “Naked Ladies Parties” as one friend calls them)
- Harvest party: glean fruit from ownerfree fruit trees and then make pies or jams
CNN.com had a poll on their home page on Feb 11, 2009:
|Total Votes: 14060|
My question: so why do we all buy so many things, often way more than we need?
Feel free to add your own suggestions in your comments below.
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