If you invest in experiences, you would find that the maximized returns are not based on the value of an asset, but on the value of your happiness. One of the most elegant and memorable realizations we have encountered, is the idea of “investing in experiences”. Generally speaking, the global society has slowly tipped the balance of their concentration to assets, where having more is perceived to be synonymous with power. But we want to challenge you to open up your mind in a different manner. We should all be privy to satisfaction, joy, and happiness. Therefore, allow your mind to remember your last celebration (i.e. vacation, birthday, wedding, and etc.) and try to evoke those same feelings. Within those thoughts, what should emerge is a genuine bliss; a sensual feeling that permeates your body, which stimulates an unconditional smile.
The Real Value:
Consequently, how much did you invest in that smile? Did you have to pay taxes on it? Did you maximize your returns? What is the life of that smile? Our point is a simple one. You cannot measure the “return” of a memorable smile, tear of joy, laugh, or triumph. You cannot put a value on it, as you would with an asset.
For instance, a house is an asset requiring investing capital. But the experiences shared in that house are precious. Moreover, you can put a price on a wedding reception, but you cannot place a valuation on the emotions you had that day. Lastly, the plane ride to your dream vacation might have cost you, but you cannot charge for the excitement of immersing yourself with a new culture.
But you can measure the life of an emotion. And that is perpetuity. It would stay in your portfolio of cognitive thought, and you can cash it in at any moment. You would not be punished for any withdrawal penalty, nor would you have to pay taxes. However, you do accrue more meaning with those emotions. They grow exponentially, at a rate that could be measured in happiness. And the longer you savor and cherish the experiences, the more it grows.
You would be a happier person if you measure your investments in experiences rather than in assets.