Jay and Heather Harrington of Life and Whim remind us that the joy of anticipation alone makes experiences better than things.
Episode 1970: Another Reason Experiences are Better than Things: The Joy of Anticipation by Jay & Heather Harrington
Jay and Heather Harrington are the husband and wife team behind Life and Whim. They started Life and Whim after moving their family to Traverse City, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, to break the script of their life and reimagine what's possible. They live in pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful, active, and simple life.
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Chances are better than things. The joy of anticipation
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another reason: experiences are better than things. The joy
J and Heather Harrington of Life and whim darken. The fact that the calendar fled to March.
Shocked us out of our winter hibernation. This week, the approach of sport,
In summer ms exciting, while we
of Winter and the skiing sliding and snowballs it affords
we're ready for no longer in warmer days ahead. Some are foreigners,
on the corner, which made us realise that we need a kick
Some are planning into gear. Our twins are turning five, this spring, so
He turned the corner on tolerance. The summit
a whole new world of opportunities in terms of fun and adventurous activities. There are none,
more naps than those little laser steady
getting longer and sturdier. So this summer, we plan
pushing boundaries. A bit more than we have in the past few years were really excited about
all of the new experiences that lie ahead. Experiences over things. You follow her that experience is bring people more happiness than things for
about a day at the beech leaves a more lasting positive impact than
buying a new bathing suit. The field of positive psychology
He has been studying this issue for years and the conclude
is unanimous, which is that experiences matter more than material things when it comes to happiness. Psychologists used acronym camper to describe the research, proven factors that contribute to happiness which are competence, autonomy, meaning pleasure, engagement and relationships.
Research shows that these happy camper factors are more likely to be realised from doing experiences rather than having things joyful, anticipation affair.
It has shifted from material consumerism, Timor, experiential consumerism of the last several years we can attest to the positive impact it has had on our well being we're all in all new experiences
over the weekend. We mapped out many of the things we want to do over the summer, MR blocking off our calendars and making reservations. We found that by plan
far in advance, were much more like it
very through on what we set out to do otherwise times lives by the summer gets busy in a play
We conjured up in our heads, don't come to fruition. Some of those plans include camping trips to places we ve never visited exploration of new beaches, fun life and when social gatherings in their Trevor City region and apart business, part pleasure trip to New York City. The spray has funded exciting. To do this planning we focused on activities that would constitute first moments for our family. We ve come to realize do this plan
process that the anticipation of events and activities brings nearly ass, much joy as engaging in the events and activities themselves. We get a dream and
rainstorm about things will do see and learn. We know, based on past experience that more often than not, we meet
interesting new people, while trying interesting new things and that these chance, in Hell
frequently to meaningful new relationships.
We read and research with our kids to learn about new places will visit and allow the kids to help set the agenda for what will do
I'm sure you ve done similar things, while planning activities with friends and family of leave experienced
simple joys as well. It turns out
we're not alone planning for new experiences brings pleasure
far more than planning to buy new things. This finding comes from doctoral student, Matthew
killings worth of the University of California, Berkeley annually, San Francisco and doctoral student Cometh Kumar and psychology researcher Thomas, giving both of Cornell University in a paper published in twenty fourteen. They found that people quote think about future experiences in more abstract ways that can make them see more significant and more gratifying. End quote, in other words, are in
Separation of an experience, maybe idealized, but increase happiness. Nonetheless, these conclusions are consistent with those from a twenty.
Ten study, which found that vacationing experienced a significant boost in happiness during the planning stages of a trip busy anticipated the fund to come
the studies led author, Jerome Gawayne, told the New York Times go out. The practical lesson for an individual is that you derive most of your happiness from anticipating the holiday trip. End quote all this is not to say that the best part of an experience is not
experience itself. Does nothing like being immersed in a moment of an exciting first moment, but there is a great deal to be said. Anne studies, to back it up for being more
or intentional in planning first moments. You may enjoy
by the uncertainty of spontaneity, but if you leave summers fund to chance
You'll be missing out on months worth of happiness from the joys of anticipation.
You just listen to the poles titled another
Then experiences are better than things. The joy of anticipation,
by J and Heather Harrington of Life and whim dot com, they get a J and Heather an interesting point from them on the actual planning,
only I don't plan most things, I'm more of the spontaneous type when it comes to what I'm doing on pretty much any given day and even how I work as a whole. I think the argument makes a lot of sense. The times when I have planned something a bit more than usual. It definitely adds a layer to the experience, and probably even the memory of the whole thing I feel like I've experienced, seems to last that much longer. So something to think about today for minimalist Monday hope your week is off to a great start. Thank you for being here and listening to me and for subscribing to the show and I'll see you tomorrow, where optimal life awaits
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