When You Give The Gift Of Experience, They Collect Memories Not Things

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking to maximize your return on investment when it comes to gift giving, consider giving the gift of experience versus giving the gift of things.

 

The reasoning is pretty simple—and scientific.

Experiences, such as vacations, make people happier than do things, according to an abundance of recent research performed by psychology professors and other researchers.

As material possessions deteriorate or become obsolete, our memories of them tend to fade over time. On the other hand, with experiences, such as vacations, our memories of them grow sweeter over time—even if that experience was somehow imperfect.

In a recent article, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades, had this to say.

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless, they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”

Experiences Are Better Shared

Gilovich also found that when experiences are shared, such as vacations with family and friends, we become connected more to other people than when we share consumption. “You’re more likely to feel connected to someone you took a vacation with…than someone who also happens to have bought a 4K TV.”

It’s Also Fun To Anticipate An Experience

Researchers also concluded that anticipation of an experience elicits greater happiness and excitement than waiting for a material item to arrive.

Think about how much fun it is to anticipate and plan a trip to the beach versus waiting on Amazon to deliver your new high-tech activity tracker!

Give your friends or family a gift of a trip to the beautiful white sand beaches of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

Enjoy time together and privately in a beach house or condo in Gulf ShoresFort MorganOrange Beach or Perdido Key.

Why You Should Take A Week For Vacation

Spend A Week In Paradise In Gulf Shores

To gain the maximum benefits of a vacation, experts advise taking at least a week off. Vacation-related happiness peaks at eight days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To gain the maximum benefits of a vacation, eight days is likely the ideal number of days to take off, according to researchers from Finland who followed vacationers for the duration of their getaways.

The study measured the highest and lows of their happiness and satisfaction as their vacations, which spanned over 23 days, progressed.

Researchers discovered that vacation-related happiness peaked at eight days. “Eight days seems about right,” said Tim Sackett, an HR expert and blogger who commented on the study. “You take off on a Friday after work, maybe sneak out a little early. You then have Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

Also psychologically beneficial is the period of time used to plan and anticipate the vacation, according to some psychologists whose experiment asked participants to imagine a vacation.

Psychologists concluded that mere anticipation led to more intense and satisfying emotions than the act of remembering past experiences.

To experience the excitement of planning a vacation and to maximize your vacation joy, plan for a weeklong vacation at the beach. Below are popular summer weeks along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. 

Book your beach house or condo in Gulf ShoresFort MorganOrange Beach or Perdido Key now to begin your journey toward a fun vacation in 2018.

Book now to ensure you are able to secure your family’s favorite vacation rental.

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