Is going sailing better than going shopping?

Ok, I think I know the answer but a recent study by Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University suggests that, in the long run, experiences make people happier than possessions. This from a recent CNN article;

“While most people were generally happy with the purchase regardless of what it was, those who wrote about experiences tended to show a higher satisfaction at the time and after the experience had passed.

The most striking difference was in how participants said others around them reacted to either the purchased object or experience. Experiences led to more happiness in others than purchases did. A sense of relatedness to others — getting closer to friends and family — may be one of the reasons why experiences generate more happiness.”

One of the reasons Margie and I enjoy taking people sailing is the ability to help make those memories.  Our last sail had a pod of dolphins playing in our bow wave for 5 minutes as we sailed along at 6 knots. We see this quite often, but the excitement on the 11 and 14 year old boys faces make’s me sure this will be an experience they won’t soon forget.

Dolphins in front of the sailboat

Dolphins in front of the sailboat

Dolphins surfacing while under sail

Dolphins surfacing while under sail

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