Maximizing Happiness. At Lunch.
(by OOC via CBSNews)
These are age old thoughts and questions, no? Wll, according to the author of "All the Money in the World" if we want to spend our money on that which'll make us happiest, it's time to stop buying things and start speding on experiences – experiences we've planned for. Here's why (from the original article):
"Experiences are harder to get used to than things, because they are always different…So what do the happiest people do on their lunch hour?
They treat a friend to lunch. Preferably, a lunch they've planned well ahead of time.
Here's why. Planned pleasant experiences give you a triple happiness whammy. You anticipate them beforehand — and as any kid waiting for Christmas knows, anticipation is often as pleasurable as the experience itself. You live through your adventures, and then you savor the memory afterwards. Eating is, of course, one of the most pleasurable things people do. In one study in which women reported how happy they were at different points of the day, eating ranked just below sex.
As for treating a friend? Humans are social creatures, and socializing scores about the same as eating on the happiness scale. Spending money on other people (in the form of gifts or charity) is also one of the few things that is strongly correlated with happiness.
All in all, that's a lot of happiness for less than $25 (if you choose the right restaurant)."
So anyone out there in OOC-ville want to take us to lunch? Does this make sense to you? It does to us. If you could spend on any one or two expereinces that you thought would make you happy, what would they be? And a trip to Subway is just fine. Experiences and happiness, let's #discuss.