Oprah: Do Things Make You Happy?

Do Things Make You Happy?On a recent Oprah Show , the question “What Makes Us Happy?” revealed some interesting results and insights. Oprah and Dan Buettner, researcher and National Geographic author of  Thrive, Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way shared their insights on the happiness value of things as is maybe Oprah’s “Favorite Things”. 

Oprah explained that she thought in America, there is a big misconception about what Happiness Is versus being able to have more Things.  That people equate happiness to having more things.

Oprah passed on information from a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Cornell University.

That Life Experience Gifts Bring More Happiness Than Material Items.

Oprah went on to explain that things don’t make you happy, and if you gave someone a gift, that person would be more happy if you had given them an experience.  She used the examples of her taking her audience to Australia, and what a beautiful experience that was!  And her “Favorite Things” show recipients.  She thought that those recipients may not be able to list all the things they received, but they will never forget the experience.  And how I would have loved to experienced that!

Dan Buettner agreed.  He said that the impact of a new object only lasts about nine months.  But an experience such as a gift of a new cooking class or buying a vacation for your family, will increase happiness long term and will add luster to your life over time.

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