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We humans spend a lot of time waiting in lines: People queue up for days in order to get their hands on the latest iPhone, or what feels like eons for a table at that hip new brunch place.

You may be better off spending time and money on the latter. A growing body of research has shown that experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions.

And even anticipating an experience like a concert, a ski trip or what better be a really great brunch makes us happier than purchasing the latest gadgets, according to a study published Tuesday in Psychological Science.From you can buy happiness, if it’s an experience

I’ve “known ” this for quite some time. My best memories are of the stupid fun I had playing with my brothers in the woods near our home; climbing La Soufrierre Volcano in St. Vincent with my cousins; speedboating around the islands of Antigua and Barbuda with high school friends; catching crabs with my uncle in the early dusk of the mangrove swamps of Bequia; playing cricket on the beach with nothing but coconut branch and a tennis ball; making and sailing coconut husk sailboats in Queen Elizabeth harbor.


Author: Khürt Williams

I work in application security architecture and I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey with my wife Bhavna. Passionate about photography, you’ll find me writing about cybersecurity, tropical aquariums, terrariums, hiking, craft breweries, and capturing birds on camera. My prose is like a caffeinated squirrel—fast, unpredictable, and occasionally insightful.