Looking to Buy Happiness? Purchase an Experience!

Jaclyn Harris

By Jaclyn Harris

February 12, 2014

We’ve all heard the old saying “money can’t buy you happiness.” I’m sure we’ve been told “Sure, buy that now and it’ll make you happy, but it won’t later.” Well, I’m here to tell you something that is going to blow your mind and make you want to buy your happiness.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking “that concept goes against everything I’ve ever been told!” And I know, I know that’s a scary idea – breaking out of the box – but bear with me.

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Buy an Experience = Buying Happiness

So let’s talk about buying happiness. There are two kinds of happiness you can buy: things and experiences.


Now this is the one that you’re always forewarned about. It’s that “it might make you happy now, but it won’t later” aspect. And it’s true!

Ladies, that brand new $100 dress? Sure, it’ll make you happy once you wear it out for the first time, but over time, that fabric with loosen, you’ll get more dresses, and that expensive dress will shift to the back of your closet to never be worn again. Happiness? Not acquired.

Guys, those super expensive golf clubs? Sure, it’ll be great to show them off to your friends and play with them a few times, but then BAM! One day, you bend your driver and it’s no longer usable. Happiness? Not acquired.

Are you seeing a trend yet? Studies show that material items can’t buy our long-term happiness. They only satisfy us for a short time!


On the other hand we have “experiences,” and studies have shown that an experience can buy you happiness!

In a study completed by Harvard Business School, authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton have proven that buying an experience can buy you happiness:

The key lies in adhering to five key principles:
1. Buy Experiences - research shows that material purchases are less satisfying than vacations or concerts
2. Make it a Treat - limiting access to our favorite things will make us keep appreciating them
3. Buy Time - focusing on time over money yields wiser purchases
4. Pay Now, Consume Later - delayed consumption leads to increased enjoyment
5. Invest in Others - spending money on other people makes us happier than spending it on ourselves
From “To Buy Happiness, Purchase an Experience,” by Carmen Nobel

When we purchase an experience, we are purchasing an opportunity to create memories with friends and family – memories that won’t decay over time. And we’ll find self-satisfaction whether we purchase this once-in-a-lifetime experience for ourselves or someone we love!

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