Top 10 Reasons How Traveling Makes Us Far Happier Than Any Material Wealth – It turns out that the main impediment to happiness is adaptation.
1 – Sea Return Traveling
Why do we go to the shops with such determination as soon as we have money in our pockets? With each new acquisition we feel a little happier, but after a few days of that satisfaction is often gone without a trace. We at Bright Side decided it was time to get to grips with this problem once and for all, and to make sense of how we can all find true happiness.
It turns out that the main impediment to happiness is adaptation. As soon as we bought something becomes ordinary and boring, the level of satisfaction with life that feels falls, and we are forced to look around the next purchase. This process is repeated over and over again.
However, research conducted at Cornell University has found a way to break this damaging cycle. Psychology professor Thomas Gilovich experience has shown that the same increase in happiness when we buy something we want and when we travel. But – and here is the most important point – the amount of happiness we derive from our purchase falls over time, while memories of our travel experience continue to supply us happiness hormones for much longer.
Going to various types of unusual events, a journey, learning new skills, even extreme sports – all these are a great source of happiness for each and every one of us. A new device, or even a new car eventually become a more common object we possess, or otherwise become old and outdated. Each new memory, however, becomes a real source of joy that stays with us throughout our lives.
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