Healthy Living Podcast Ep 2: 7 Reasons to Choose Experiences Over Possessions

Feb 6, 2024

Reading time: 3 Minutes

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Welcome to another episode of the Healthy Living Podcast, brought to you by Medi-Share. Today, we're diving into the age-old debate of experiences versus material possessions.

In a world where time and money are finite, we all face the challenge of choosing where to invest our resources. According to Forbes, a staggering 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over things. But why? Join us as we explore seven compelling reasons why experiences should take precedence, especially light of prioritizing our health.



1. Happiness That Lasts


Let's kick things off with a simple truth – experiences make us happier in the long run. Despite the common belief that material possessions bring lasting joy, research from Cornell University, as reported by The Atlantic, suggests otherwise. Experiential purchases have a unique ability to create enduring happiness, challenging our conventional logic. Even a seemingly imperfect experience becomes a cherished memory over time, unlike the fleeting satisfaction of owning a tangible item. So, why not invest in memories that leave a lasting smile?


2. Learning New Skills


Scientists affirm the positive impact of learning new skills on our brains. The act of acquiring fresh knowledge leads to physical changes, making us healthier and more responsive. The compounding effect of learning different skills simultaneously enhances overall effectiveness. Instead of splurging on the latest gadgets, consider investing in surf lessons, painting classes, or other activities that not only enrich your life but also benefit your brain health.


3. Minimizing Clutter


Research suggests that clutter can negatively impact mental and physical health. Accumulating possessions can lead to distractions, memory issues, and heightened stress levels. Combat the chaos by opting for experiences that contribute to your well-being. Instead of gifting the kids with more toys to pile up, give them the gift of an experience. Guard yourself from the pitfalls of excess and prioritize mental health over material possessions. Read more here.


4. Prioritizing Relationships


In our tech-driven world, loneliness is on the rise. Positive relationships are crucial for our health and well-being, while isolation and loneliness are linked to various health issues. Instead of the latest tech gadgets, invest in quality time with family and friends. A weekend getaway, family zoo membership can strengthen bonds and contribute to a healthier, more fulfilling life.


5. Increasing Anticipation, Decreasing Anxiety


The pleasure of anticipating a forthcoming experience far surpasses the impatience associated with waiting for a new material possession. Psychological studies indicate that the value derived from anticipation is greater for experiential purchases. Swap the anxiety-inducing purchases for experiences that bring excitement and anticipation – like a family cruise or theme park pass.


6. Modeling Good Values


In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns against the accumulation of possessions, emphasizing that life's richness is not determined by material abundance. As believers, we can model contentment and generosity. Instead of indulging in materialism and comparison, consider investing in experiences that reflect values of gratitude and giving. Whether it's a mission trip or supporting local charities, prioritize lasting impact over fleeting possessions.


7. Creating Lasting Memories


Our brains naturally filter and preserve rewarding experiences as lasting memories. While we can't remember everything, we can choose to invest our time and money in creating memories that endure. By asking, "Will this last?" we open ourselves up to decisions that bring lasting rewards – not just for ourselves but for those we love. In the end, the best things that endure are our connection with God, His people, and the kingdom of God.




Thank you for joining us on the Healthy Living Podcast, where we explore holistic well-being – spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. As you navigate life's choices, may you find fulfillment in experiences that leave a lasting impact. God bless you on your journey to a healthier and happier life. 


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