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Material Wealth or Travelling, what will make you the happiest?

10 May 2017 - 14:07

Aishath Sajuha

Travel enthusiast, amateur artist and blogger.

Have you ever wondered why we head towards the shops, to buy something with such determination as soon as we receive money? With every new purchase, we feel satisfied, a little happier than before. However give it a day or too, that happiness tends to fade away. 

What is the solution for this problem? How do we find true happiness that would stay?

A research was conducted, and it turns out that the main weak point for happiness is adaptation. As soon as something that brought us happiness becomes less valid, or ordinary, the level of satisfaction we feel, decreases. Hence we go again In search of a next purchase, and the cycle is forced to repeat itself.

There is a way to break this ongoing damaging cycle, we have a tendency to feel the same increase in happiness when we buy something and when we go traveling. 

However, the happiness we receive from travelling does not fade over time, unlike the amount of satisfaction we derive from our purchases. Main reason for this is because the memories of our travels continuously lingers in our minds, supplying out brains with happiness hormones for a longer period of time. 

Going on trips, to places you have never been before, learning new skills – extreme sports. All these things are directly associated with the source of happiness for every single one of us. Buying a new phone, a new car, a new dress, will become outdated or just another one of our usual objects sooner or later. Nevertheless, with every new memory associated with travelling becomes a real source of joy and happiness and tend to stay with us for our whole lives.


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