Many bloggers write about traveling and how it influenced their lives. But everyone has their own experience. So, let’s talk about the important and really life-changing things that we get when we travel to other places. A recent study has shown that people who frequently travel, especially during COVID, are 7% happier.
The Science of Happiness
When you travel you are driven by your natural curiosity and the novelty of a destination. You want to learn about new cultures and see new places, meet new people. If you are curious and smart enough, you will learn a few basic phrases from great local people and keep up a simple conversation. When you learn new things you get more life experience, therefore, become richer.
“Our research is also important to society because it suggests that overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences – such as parks, trails, beaches – as much as it does material consumption,” says Gilovich.
The more you travel to new places, the more you learn about the life and experience of other people. Traveling will expand your consciousness and make you more open-minded. Life experience while traveling is much more intense than in your familiar place. You cannot learn this from someone else’s experience, but only from your own life experience. Life will be your teacher.
Friends for Life
When you travel, you meet people like you who travel and experience new things in their life. You can experience quite exciting things and hardships while traveling that create lasting friendships and memories. If you make friends with people from different countries, you will discover new cultures and languages. This will make you realize that people have a lot in common regardless of their cultural differences and languages.
Travel means getting out of your comfort zone. You also challenge yourself and learn a lot about new things and yourself. Getting to know new places can often be accompanied by discomfort and challenges. Thus, your fears will fade away and you may develop new skills and habits. You will become more persistent and confident. You will become a new person because you will know your values after being away from home for a long time.
You will have more knowledge and become less self-centered, and a more compassionate person. You may want to volunteer to help other people or want to go on a spiritual journey somewhere to learn wisdom. It can be a trip to a country with rich traditions for the study of yoga and meditation, or some ancient teaching. These can be unforgettable places like India or others.
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Traveling will make you rich with life experience. And this is not only figurative. Given everything that was mentioned above, while traveling, you have invested a lot in your education at the University of Life, in learning new skills and habits, as well as in friendship and personal growth. Now you can apply all the knowledge to develop your career in any field that you want. After all, it is up to you – you can do it!
Many people start realizing that success does not always mean happiness. Nowadays they say that being happy means being successful. A well-traveled person is smart and self-confident; people can feel their positive attitude. Such a person is an interesting communicator and listener and can influence other people and their personal growth.
There are several possible explanations for why experiences make us happier and last longer or even a lifetime than buying material things. Many people say that experiences are more satisfying than material things.
The psychological explanation is that material things are separated from us, while experiences are part of our lives, and therefore our memories of them can last a long time. When people buy material things, they tend to compare them with something better, and after a while, they feel indifferent or dissatisfied.
From a biochemical point of view, our body produces hormones of happiness when we experience pleasure and every time we remember our memories of things based on experience. When you travel, your memories can last a lifetime and make you feel happy every time you remember them.
Happiness is Not About Money
When you travel to your desired destination you enjoy the place and your experiences will keep you happy no matter how good it was for someone else. This is particularly because your perception of your experiences belongs to you alone. Someone may have a better hotel and other services but it doesn’t mean that their experiences are better than yours. Other studies have shown that people from poor countries enjoy simple things even more than people from wealthy countries.
“Your experiences are inherently less comparative, they’re less subject to and less undermined by invidious social comparisons,” said Gilovich. When people buy material things they tend to compare them with something better and feel dissatisfied after a while.
When we travel we create new neural pathways in our brain. These are activities that make us feel good and are associated with taking risks, survival, and pleasure. Thus, traveling is a natural and real way to happiness and personal growth.
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