We often believe that we can fill a void with materialistic things. Yes, material wealth may bring you happiness—however, it is only temporary. Think about it—Only a few days after a new purchase, the thrill, pleasure, and enjoyment you felt begins to fade. Your level of satisfaction decreases and often times you feel compelled to go shopping again for the next exciting thing. We then become stuck in this vicious, damaging cycle of trying to buy happiness.
Yet, we talk ourselves out of travel with excuses of added stress due to inconvenience and costs. Placing the value of material wealth over experiences. According to research conducted at Cornell University, Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at the university, has revealed that people experience the same amount of happiness when making a purchase they want and when they travel. And here’s the important bit, while the happiness you derive from a purchase reduces over time, the memories of your traveling experience still supply you with happiness hormones for a long time.
Now when your friends, or your honey propose a getaway—stress, can no longer be your excuse. It has been scientifically proven that travel makes you happier. Studies also show that within the first couple days of traveling, 89% of people report significant drops in stress levels and couples report experiencing increased feelings of intimacy towards each other. As a result, travel has been linked to a decrease in the development of heart disease and other types of stress-related conditions.
So, next time you’re thinking about skipping out on that getaway—think twice. And Remember travel is good for the soul!