The Secret of Happiness: Collect Experience Not Things

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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS
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BUY EXPERIENCES NOT THINGS
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TRAVELLING IS THE BEST EDUCATION
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TRAVELLING LEADS TO DISCOVERING YOURSELF
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ADVENTURE: A PART OF GAINING EXPERIENCES

We live in an age of seemingly limitless information. We live in a world where we constantly seek out gratification. Life in the 21st century is a fast paced, consumer-oriented where media surrounds us and all the times enforcing the idea of happiness is a matter of being perfect by buying the latest technology and gadgets. We have the latest phones and the greatest television but still the happiness fades away as times seek off. We are inculcated with the message - BUY,BUY BUY YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS.

But do you really think so that happiness is when you buy stuff???

We live in an age where we have forgotten what life is all about? 

Life is all about experiences " the circumstances we entered into and lived fully. The lesson taught and impression left by these experiences lasted forever and ever.

And for me the best way of  to gain experiences is to "TRAVEL" . Travel to new places, explore the rich heritage of each landmarks and feel the joy and happiness that comes from it.

"TO EXPERIENCES IS TO TRAVEL"

So here are few reasons why experiences are better than possessions:

1. EXPERIENCES CAN'T BE RATED OR RANKED.

Experiences are priceless and don't have an expiry date whereas material items have an expiration date.

The latest smartphones we buy are wonderful and teaches us many things but soon get outdated and is more likely to get diminish and so is the case of happiness derived from it.

On the contrastingly, experiences will never lose their luster. We can never forget the night out with our friends, the trips we had in our school and college days, the trek we had with few strangers, the adventure sports we engaged in and many more. Those less intense , but still enjoyable days and nights out with the company of loved ones or with some strangers or just all alone will provide much longer lasting and more fulfilling happiness and a topic to talk on for years to come and moment to be felt again and again than the temporary thrill of a large purchase.

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2.EXPERIENCES INTRODUCE YOU TO DIFFERENT WORLDLY PERSPECTIVE

There is no better way to learn about worldly perspective than travelling. It is a education you will never experience in classroom.It is an educatin beyond books and internet.

Travelling doesn't means going on long weekends,road trips etc. Size doesn't really matter in travelling.

Even the simple act of sitting in a wooded park and listening to the wind moving through the  leaves or just walking over the small streams or relaxing on a moss covered rock to inhale the fragrances and observe the surrounding can be truly peaceful. The time spent enjoying the nature, observing the surrounding deeply and absorbing the beauty and wonder it hold will not cost anything but changes our perspective towards the world and the places and how it holds the littlest things in its heart that the gadget we brought couldn't.

Communicating with nature is the best way to unlock the creativity and generate new ideas and thoughts. Many discoveries and laws have been formulated while communicating with the nature only. And the best example is NEWTON, he formulated the law of gravity while relaxing and observing the nature under an apple tree.

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3.EXPERIENCES BECOMES A PART OF OUR IDENTITY.

We may think that part of our identity is connected with the things we have, but it is contrast, our experiences really are part of us. We are the accumulation of everything we've seen, visited,explored. Our identity is the sum total of all our experiences.
Travelling to new places teaches us patiences, acceptance as well as organizational skills and develops our observational skills. The time spent at the fort observing the sacrifices and commitment of the great warriors and kings, the mystery of the architecture of the Ellora Caves and uncover information from past historical times.

Experiences do more than just merely endures facts and figures but also transform life.

The humbleness, dedication, virtousness ,compassionate, curiosity to know more, to be passionate, the feeling of giving rather than receiving, the feeling of feeling good than looking good, the ways to organize things etc we experienced from travelling from a part of our identity

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4.EVEN A BAD EXPERIENCE BECOMES A GOOD STORY

With all the things in life, there is no guarantee that you will have a good experiences. You may return from epic vacation to Kasol where you lost your trek and then after roaming here and there finally got helped by a monk or just been drunk with your friends and eventually hurting someone and creating a scene and then running to get escaped or just eating some food totally not suiting your taste buds and ending up pucking in the washroom etc etc. These experiences in a totally different place and with totally different people might be bad for that phase of time. But eventually they became a good story to be told to people around and laughed upon.

The stupidity we did at those times lead us to little troubles but made us gained a life long lesson and experience that last with us forever .

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So  go ahead and fill your life with experiences. Many of them will cost you nothing,some will be reasonably priced and some may be expensive.But each will have their own memories and life lessons. Living gratefully is the best way for you to live happily. You are grateful for the experiences because they are worth the price as little bits of happiness add up and when spread out, last alot longer.

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So next time before you buy any material items ask yourself if there is an experience you could be spending your money on.

SO TO BE HAPPY : STOP BUYING THINGS AND START BUYING EXPERIENCES

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that true.... i totally agree with u...
Thu 01 19 17, 02:57 · Reply · Report
Thank you Bhumika
Wed 07 20 16, 19:33 · Reply · Report
It's true .. i absolutely agree with your views ... you said the words of my mouth precisely...
Wed 07 20 16, 14:56 · Reply · Report
Very well written Niks..(y) True Dat...: ) Moving away from the material world & travelling paves the way towards happiness & our inner self...!!!
Wed 07 06 16, 00:36 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you
Wed 07 06 16, 06:14 · Report