It’s official – spending money on experiences makes us happier than plain old stuff. Purchases like concert tickets, soccer lessons, going camping, or a hotel room in Florida make us happier than say buying a new couch.
Scholars and researchers studied spending money on purchases of experiences versus those of material things. Spending on experiences like those listed above are considered leisure, and leisure purchases were proven to amplify happiness.
We can reminisce about experiences. We always have a rosy recollection of them. The anticipation of something like a trip, always makes the experience that much sweeter.
Strong relationships make us happy, so going out for a glass of wine with friends is also considered a good investment.