What’s more important to you: MONEY or EXPERIENCES?

Many people have it in their heads that ‘money = happiness’. Is that the correct/only answer? Why should money be the main ‘thing’ that determines your happiness?

In our lives we like to think about it in a different manner. Money for us is just a medium or ‘the middle man’ to get to what we’re actually after – those life altering and meaningful experiences that are perpetual and enrich our lives. It gives me zero pleasure to sit back and watch my bank account grow.

Yes, I guess money is needed for you to purchase the newest iDevice or Playstation or flatscreen or whatever gadget to make your life a bit easier (keep telling yourself that…) or to keep up with your friends. But for HOW LONG does that make you feel happy/worthy/important/relevant?

I’d much rather spend my money on a memorable backpacking trip through Vietnam or visiting Machu Picchu in Peru or going SCUBA diving somewhere awesome. Life’s too short NOT to get out there exploring new things and having meaningful experiences!

The following article inspired this reflection on our lives here in South Korea and with it all the opportunities we grab to do/see/experience something new around every corner.

The most profound paragraph of the article for me: [click on paragraph for FULL article]

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Gilovich. “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.”

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