Many studies have shown that material possessions do not equal happiness and that experiences are much more intrinsically fulfilling that things.
Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.
The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list.
The dramatic success of the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up provides a hint that perhaps many of us
feel that we simply have too much stuff (short summary of the book = throw most of it away).
Turns out, we probably do!
Shared family time and experiences have been linked to:
- bonding within the family
- fewer behavioral problems in children
- a stronger sense of identity
- a sense of security for children
- higher rates of academic success
- lower rates of violence
Of course, these shared experiences can be as simple as time spent together during/preparing meals, while driving,
or reading stories before bed, but prioritizing shared experiences as gifts helps reduce unwanted material items and fosters family bonding.
More good stuff on this idea: HERE