“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Happiness. It’s a “big” word. Many factors go into it. Friends, health and work to name a few. Job satisfaction is a big part of that big word, contributing to how many adults measure their level of happiness.
You’ve probably heard that buying experiences (like a vacation) will make you happier than buying a tangible object. Have you ever thought about how the travel contracts you take now can not only contribute to your current happiness level, but to your happiness throughout life?
Traveling offers the chance to collect experiences — to invest in yourself and your happiness. From anticipation of your next contract to the nostalgia effect that comes later, traveling creates a diverse stream of discovery, experience and memories that perm placements never will.
Witness how sunsets and sunrises look over the different landscapes in our country. Plan a fall assignment in New England, and watch the full changing of the leaves — not just the meager days tourists will spend hundreds of dollars to see.
Take a lone warrior road trip. Climb the local mountain. Migrate north instead of south for the winter. Eat weird cuisine. Discover that one spot you’ll find by accident that turned out to be the perfect photo backdrop for your future spouse’s favorite picture of you.
And meet people. Every travel contract is an opportunity to grow your professional network and make lasting connections. With all that local exploration, you’re likely to forge new friendships as well.
You never know what you’ll find until you’re there. But whatever it is, make it an experience and take it with you for some future happiness.
You can do a lot in 13 weeks. So… where to, wayward traveler?
2 thoughts on “Travel Therapy: The Happiness Investment”
Sara: nice blog! It hit the spot. JL
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