Things Money Can’t Always Buy, But Should Invest In

Money can buy a lot of things, unfortunately memories is not one of them…Here’s a lowdown on how you can invest your time and money into things that will stay with you forever.  

It’s July, already on the other side of the year. Reality has sunk in, the euphoria of getting yourself the latest Apple product has died down, the bills have piled up and the buyer’s remorse has long settled in. If we’re being honest though, this feeling only lasts until the next pay day, and then we slip right back into our old way of looking to buy more stuff and actually buying more stuff. What a scam! “This perpetual cycle of buying material possessions is unlikely to lead to long-term satisfaction, says Shaun Lamont, Managing Director of First Group. 

What if we flipped the charts and killed the habits that so often die hard, it takes discipline – yes. But it’s totally doable. If we all just take in down a notch on purchasing material things and invest in things like time, moments and memories. Shaun confesses that, “experiences offer us so much more, then mere material purchases, as they only result in temporary excitement, joy even, if you think about it, that feeling lasts no longer than a few days.” In fact, research supports this, a study conducted by Thomas Gilovich, a Cornell psychology professor showed that ‘experiences’ bring people more happiness than ‘things’. So what do you do? Here are experiences that are totally worth investing in. 

Experiences Form Part Of Who You Are

Everything you have ever seen or done has shaped you and contributed to the person you are today. Your identity, therefore, is not formed through a cupboard full shoes or driving a fancy car, but rather through the accumulation of the places you have been, the memories you have made and the experiences you have had. Do just that, go somewhere where you heart dances to the sound of it’s own beat. 

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Visit: Jozini Tiger Lodge 

Things Don’t Connect People, Memories Do

It’s all good and well when we buy gifts for our loved ones, but it’s the experiences we have with them that are truly priceless. Hiking in the Berg with close friends, exploring new destinations with your partner and having beach days with the children all lead to experiences, that even after the moment passes, leave you with memories to cherish and stories to tell. Do it, put in that leave at work and follow your heart. 

Hike: Table Mountain 

Rejuvenate, Refresh And De-Stress

Life is no walk in the park. It can be tough and taking a break from your day-to-day routine is a great way to unwind. Taking a long weekend off to play golf or sharing a romantic weekend away with your partner are both wonderful ways to rejuvenate your body, refresh your mind and re-kindle your zeal for life! In comparison, a new dress or pair of name-brand sneakers is unlikely to do any of these things. 

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Create Magical Childhood Memories

If you work full-time, chances are that you sacrifice a lot, and this includes time with your children. Work deadlines often take priority and before you know it you’ve missed an opportunity to watch your child play a sport or act in a play. And, try as you may, a new Nintendo game will not fill that void – for you – or for your child! So, whilst you cannot always control the amount of time you spend with your children, you can control the quality of that time. Help create magical, family-based experiences for them by consciously planning outings and holidays that are meaningful and the memories of which will last a lifetime.

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