Yes, you can buy happiness!

Yes, we know this sounds like we’ve got our heads screwed on backward, but it’s true (not the heads bit). You can buy happiness, if you know what boosts your pleasure.

Here’s a clue: If you’ve been eyeing new tech gadgets, save your cash. Stuff, especially electronic stuff, is at the bottom of the make-you-happy list. What’s tops? Experiences — vacations, a show, outings with friends, etc. Here’s why: With material goods, even after you’ve bought them, you keep on comparison shopping. Discover that you could have gotten it cheaper or that there’s a cooler version coming soon (natch!), and goodbye happiness, hello buyer’s remorse. But experiences become your memories, part of who you are. So no big regrets if you find cheaper tickets later. You can’t upgrade those good times. Bonus: Regularly spending time with friends and family makes your RealAge up to 3.5 years younger.

Plus, everyone wants more vacation. If you were asked whether you’d rather live in a world where everyone had eight weeks of vacation and you had four, or where everyone had one week and you had two, which would you choose? Four weeks? Yep, so would most people.

That’s not true with money: Given the choice of making $50,000 when everyone else makes $25,000, or making $100,000 when others make $200,000, the majority of people would take a $50,000 pay cut just to make more than their neighbors.

Bottom line: Got some money tucked away? Start looking into fun experiences with loved ones. You’ll make everybody happier.

The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com.

SF Examiner
Share
Published by
SF Examiner

Recent Posts

San Francisco Giants swept as end of season nears

Halfway through the season, it seemed as if the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were on similar paths,…

5 hours ago

San Francisco 49ers’ loss to Chiefs was a costly one, as Jimmy Garoppolo could be done for the season with an ACL tear

By C.J. Peterson Special to S.F. Examiner For the San Francisco 49ers, taking a 38-27 loss to the AFC West-leading…

5 hours ago

Oakland Athletics will have to clinch on the road, Matt Olson homers in loss to Twins

OAKLAND -- While a crowd of just under 37,000 on Saturday night gave the Oakland Athletics some much-needed energy during…

7 hours ago

SF artist who punched older neighbor to the death claims self-defense

Sylvester Guard had lost his keys. So the 38-year-old artist known for painting trash cans in the Tenderloin rang the…

9 hours ago

Oakland Athletics not scoreboard watching with chance to clinch at home

OAKLAND -- There was not a single television in the Oakland Athletics tuned to the Tampa Bay-Toronto game on Sunday…

10 hours ago

BART equipment failure fills Civic Center Station with smoke

Smoke from an equipment failure on a BART track prompted transit officials to temporarily close Civic Center Station on Saturday…

14 hours ago