Waiting for an experience apparently elicits more happiness and excitement than waiting for a material goods (and more ‘pleasantness’ too—an eerie metric).
By contrast, waiting for a possession is more likely fraught with impatience than anticipation. “You can think about waiting for a delicious meal at a nice restaurant or looking forward to a vacation and how different that feels from waiting for, say, your pre-ordered iPhone to arrive.
Well-being can also be advanced by providing infrastructure that affords experiences, such as parks, trails, and beaches, as much as it does material consumption.
~ So very true. It’s all about doing stuff as opposed to having stuff. And savouring the antic-i-