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This week has been filled with love. Valentine's Day reminds us of love, love, love, and happiness. What really makes us "happy?" Some might say getting presents or maybe shoes or maybe new clothes. All of that "stuff" is great, but why not focus more on the "experience." Some guy actually did some research on that very idea of happiness. Here's some info on that. take from: 5 Reliable Findings from Happiness ResearchBy John M Grohol PsyD

Focus on experiences, not stuff.
People who spend their time and money on doing things together — whether it be taking a vacation to someplace other than home or going on an all-day outing to the local zoo — report higher levels of happiness than those who buy a bigger house, a more expensive car, or more stuff. That’s likely because our memories keep an emotional photograph of the experience, whereas the material things don’t make as big an emotional imprint in our brains. So ditch buying so much stuff for yourself or your kids — you’re only buying artificial, temporary happiness.

I decided to give my little guy an "experience" at the zoo on Valentine's Day! It was a lovely day and I will always remember that moment when Jayce giggled when feeding the goat his cookies. It was a truly priceless moment. I enjoy getting out in the world and exploring new things with the little guy, and he will also have all these experiences to pull from when learning a new concept. It is very simple and inexpensive. Just get outside and explore new things with your family. My sweet husband still brought me roses (I do love getting flowers), but the zoo membership was a lovely present for our family. It will create so many fun experiences for our family!! I'm a happy mommy!!

 


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09/03/2012 20:19

good post

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