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The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things
Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, it doesn't make you that much happier. But one of the biggest questions is how to allocate our money, which is (for most of us) a limited resource. There's a very logical assumption that most people make when spending their money: that because a physical object will last longer, it will make us happier for a longer time than a one-off experience like a concert or vacation. According to recent research, it turns out that assumption is completely wrong. "One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation," says Dr. So rather than buying the latest iPhone or a new BMW, Gilovich suggests you'll get more happiness spending money on experiences like going to art exhibits, doing outdoor activities, learning a new skill, or traveling. [Top Photo: Justin Lewis/Getty Images]

101 Things to Do in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua (and counting) By Editor SanJuanDelSur.Org | Get free updates of new posts here. With miles of diverse coastline, abundant wildlife, rugged hills, warm weather and vibrant local communities, the San Juan del Sur region has the power to exhilarate, soothe and inspire. At San Juan Live we’re excited to bring you the best this beautiful area has to offer. At last count we’ve gathered together 101 things to do in and around San Juan del Sur. Whether it’s sun, adventure, nature or culture you seek, you’ll find something to tempt you. We also want to hear from you. Share the joy of reading by volunteering at the Biblioteca Móvil (Mobile Library). Photo credit: Susan HoganStart 310 feet in the air and rappel vertically down a rock face to sea level. Photo credit: Susan Hogan Eat a pitaya. Photo credit: Justin Courter Over to you. Tell us about your favorite things to do in San Juan del Sur in the comments box. Was this helpful?

The Lifecycle Of A Trend As part of its ongoing Youth Culture Insights Series, Fuse Marketing is taking a look at how a trend is discovered, marketed, popularized, how it eventually reaches its demise. The series, which aims to educate those who wish to speak more effectively to teens and young adults, includes information on media behavior, social media, design, web strategy, the future concerns of millennials, and other relevant topics for marketers trying to reach this demographic. Here’s the latest update, following the path of the trend’s lifecycle: THE INSPIRATION – Be it a breakthrough in technology or a shift in our collective consciousness, a trend is born out of circumstance. THE DISCOVERY – Early adoptors begin toying with and ultimately embracing an idea, product, or aesthetic. THE BRINK – Influencers pick up on the burgeoning trend and extol its “newness.” THE FEVER – The trend has caught fire and saturates the mainstream. Implications for Brands

Kolumbien | Reiseblog Travelicia Kolumbien – ein Abenteuerland für alle Backpacker Kolumbien liegt im Norden von Südamerika und hat neben seinen Landgrenzen auch zwei natürliche Grenzen, den Pazifischen Ozean und die Karibik, auf dem Land grenzt Kolumbien an Brasilien, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador und Peru. Der Name Kolumbien leitet sich vom Namen des Mannes ab, der einst Amerika entdeckt hat – Christoph Kolumbus. Kolumbien ist ein faszinierendes Land mit fantastischen Landschaften, lebhaften Städten, schönen Stränden und jeder Menge Action für alle Outdoorfans. Highlights und die schönsten Routen für Backpacker Für Wanderfreunde und Entdecker Wenn du Kolumbien erkunden willst, dann wirst du dazu viele Gelegenheiten bekommen. Spektakulär ist die Landschaft im Nationalpark El Cocuy, denn hier bestimmen die Berge und die Gletscher das Bild. Kolumbien hat eine der bekanntesten Wanderrouten der Welt, auf der du in ca. fünf Tagen vom Nationalpark Tyrona zur Verlorenen Stadt unterwegs bist. Action, Spaß und schönen Städte Sprache

Viewpoint: Who are the people in the dark corners? - BBC News There are many types of people who have been demonised in the age of social media - computer users who take refuge in anonymity to post extreme or offensive views. Jamie Bartlett wanted to talk to the people behind the masks. My heart was pounding as I waited for Paul to arrive at the train station where we'd agreed to meet. I'd been communicating with him for some time, all via the internet. Paul was a vitriolic, aggressive neo-Nazi who spent his life online producing and sharing White Pride propaganda. He was one of several people that I spent much of the last year meeting while researching my book. We often hear in the news about these dangers of life online. Fifteen minutes late, a handsome, friendly and earnest young man rocked up - excited to meet Jamie "who I've seen off the telly". Was this really the digital iconoclast who earlier that day had been attacking and terrifying minorities from behind his sinister looking avatar? Find out more Listen to the programme on BBC iPlayer

Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise Stand 17.05.2015(Unverändert gültig seit: 28.04.2015) Letzte Änderungen: Landesspezifische Sicherheitshinweise Landesspezifische Sicherheitshinweise Im südlichen Stadtgebiet von Bogotá ereigneten sich seit Jahresbeginn mehrere kleine Sprengstoffanschläge auf örtliche Polizeistationen, bei denen nur geringer Sachschaden entstand. Entführungen Im Departamento Norte de Santander (Region Catatumbo), im Süden des Departamentos Bolivar und im Departamento Guajira wurden 2012 und 2013 ausländische Staatsangehörige entführt. Naturkatastrophen Für die Vulkane Galeras, Nevado del Huila und Nevado del Ruiz gilt Warnstufe „Gelb III - Änderung der vulkanischen Aktivitäten". Nach schweren Regenfällen muss mit regionalen Überschwemmungen und Erdrutschen gerechnet werden. Kriminalität/ Terrorismus/ Sicherheit Die Sicherheitslage in Kolumbien hat sich seit 2002 kontinuierlich verbessert. In der Regel gelten die größeren Anschläge und Angriffe staatlichen Einrichtungen. Reisen über Land Drogen Sprache Visum Dengue

Trollbusters: This algorithm can predict if you're going to get banned | TechRadar The way commenters write can be used to detect if they'll end up getting banned, according to US researchers working on troll-busting algorithms. A team from Cornell and Stanford Universities scanned the comment threads on three news sites - CNN, Breitbart and IGN - over the course of a year and a half. That totalled up to 35 million comments, sent by almost two million users. 50,000 of those users went on to be banned from the sites. The researchers found that those banned users wrote in a different way to others. From that data, the researchers built a model that could guess with 80% accuracy whether or not a user would go on to be banned from the content of their first five posts. The team hopes that the work can be used to develop moderation tools that automatically highlight users that may go on to be disruptive, saving moderators time.

Als Frau alleine reisen: Abende allein verbringen Vor der ersten großen Solo-Reise habe ich mich vor allem eines gefragt: Auch wenn ich die Tage wunderbar mit Sightseeing füllen kann, was mache ich abends alleine? Kann ich alleine ausgehen? Bin ich sicher alleine auf den Straßen? Und welche Alternativen habe ich (ausser vor Heimweh in meine Kissen zu weinen), wenn es nicht sicher ist? Meine Sorgen waren ganz unbegründet. Und heute gibt es einen Artikel darüber, wie Du sicher auf Reisen Deine Abende gestalten kannst – alle basierend auf meinen eigenen Gewohnheiten und Erfahrungen! Als Frau alleine reisen: Wenn Du Dich noch nicht sicher genug fühlst um alleine auszugehen… Lies ein gutes Buch! Als Frau alleine reisen: Abendfüller, für die Solo-Anfängerin Eine der ersten Abendgestaltungen, die ich alleine unternommen habe, war einer meiner Süchte nachzugehen: Kino! Ich kann nicht lange ohne Kino, also war klar, dass ich mich überwinden musste, auch den Heimweg im Dunkeln alleine in Angriff zu nehmen. Warum Kino der perfekte Start ist?

R.I.P. Blogging, Killed By Screenshorts Late last year, Mat Honan wrote for Buzzfeed about “screenshorts”, a rising phenomenon on Twitter where people share their favorite quote of an article in a screenshot to avoid Twitter’s character count. What’s most interesting about the rise of these screenshots on Twitter and other social media is that they’re actually killing traditional blogging in its entirety. The easiest place to look for this phenomenon is celebrities. Almost every celebrity under 40 that you can possibly think of has probably made a screenshort blog post. Researching this for just an hour reveals a staggering amount of famous people making incredibly formal statements… as a screenshot of the iOS notes app. It’s not just celebrities, however, that have gone to screenshorts as their medium of choice to getting their thoughts online. Young people far and wide have climbed aboard the bandwagon all over social media to share their thoughts, instead of a traditional medium like WordPress or even Tumblr.

Die 12 besten Reiseziele für Single-Frauen - TRAVELBOOK.de Nur mit dem eigenen Gepäck in die Welt aufbrechen – ohne einen Mitreisenden, nur auf sich allein gestellt. Für viele ist das die ideale Art, fremde Länder zu erkunden und dabei zu sich selbst zu kommen. Doch für Frauen ist das nicht so einfach. Anmachen oder mitunter sogar bedrohliche Situationen sind in vielen Ländern der Welt an der Tagesordnung. Es spricht vieles dafür, die Welt allein zu bereisen – ohne einen Partner, mit dem man Kompromisse machen und sich ab und an auch streiten muss, der vielleicht wandern will, wenn der andere lieber rastet, der womöglich in Panik verfällt, während man selbst die Ruhe bewahrt. Allerdings ist vor allem für Frauen so ein Solo-Trip nicht ohne Risiko. Doch welche Länder eignen sich besonders für Frauen, die sich allein auf den Weg machen? Welche Aspekte wichtig sind „Wenn ich ein Reiseziel aussuche, schaue ich immer, wie sicher es ist. Heißt also, Urlaub nur im gleichen Kulturkreis? Eine Übersicht über die Länder gibt es schon mal hier:

Why is a Chinese takeaway box taking over election talk? - BBC News People wanting to follow the general election campaign on Twitter have been using the hashtags #GE2015 and #GE15 but as these have become popular, they've attracted the attention of spam advertisers. On Thursday, this image of a Chinese takeaway food box was the fourth most tweeted image under #GE2015. Which is somewhat strange because of the seriousness of the tag. The BBC and other news outlets are using the #GE2015 tag to share their reports, and politicians from all the major parties are using it to highlight coverage which is favourable to them. So, for example, Tristam Hunt used it to announce that Labour would offer guaranteed one-to-one careers advice, and this was re-tweeted around 100 times from different Labour backed accounts. The Conservatives' Dr Liam Fox used it to highlight his comments about Britain's nuclear deterrent Trident, and this was retweeted three times. But those Twitter numbers are all less than the Chinese takeaway box, at least within the #GE2015 stream.

I don’t know what I want: 7 Steps to the “As-well-as”-Lifestyle — Nomad List — Stories I don’t know what I want: 7 Steps to the “As-well-as”-Lifestyle One day baby, we’ll be old. Oh baby, we’ll be old. And think of all the stories that we could have told…. I’ve always been interested in lots of different stuff. I had too many thoughts circling around my head, crowding me, making me feel bad … and making it virtually impossible for me to make a decision. As a consequence and out of fear of making the wrong call, I would oftentimes not move forward or not make a decision at all. Do you know what that’s like? One day I was attending a cool lecture in Berlin on the whole subject. The problem is that we have too many possibilities. I found myself liking the example relating to jelly best: You want to buy some jelly. Pick your poison Nowadays we have a plethora of choices when it comes to making our dreams come true. So far so good! You’re constantly toying with the idea whether or not another option might be the better or more responsible choice: Relationship or traveling? 1. 2. 3.

Behind the online comments: the psychology of internet trolls | Media Network Readers’ comments are an important, yet often overlooked, type of user-generated content. And some readers are much more likely to post and read comments than others. Trolling, the act of posting disruptive or inflammatory comments online in order to provoke fellow readers, has been the focus of much recent attention. PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg), the world’s most popular YouTuber, recently decided to ban comments on his channel because of his inability to silence trolls. So, why do trolls troll and how should we manage them? First, trolls are more likely to display noxious personality characteristics, that is, traits that impair one’s ability to build relations and function in a civilised or pro-social way. Second, trolling – like other forms of computer-mediated communication – unleashes people’s impulses by providing anonymity and temporary identity loss. So, how can trolls be managed? • Snapchat’s $10bn valuation: inside the billion-dollar bubble

Die besten Communities & Co-Living Projekte für Digitale Nomaden | Planet Backpack Ohne Menschen, die ähnlich ticken wie wir, ist das Leben nur halb so schön. Manchmal kann es auch recht traurig sein. Das weiß ich nach Jahren des Vagabondierens und Nomadisierens aus eigener Erfahrung. Derzeit tingle ich mich seit fünf Monaten ohne Unterbrechung um die Welt, mal hier und mal dort. Für die meisten von uns findet das Leben in Wochen- oder Monatsabschnitten statt (statt in Tagen wie bei “normalen” Reisenden): Ich war zum Beispiel drei Monate in Thailand und besonders Chiang Mai, einen in Mexiko, einen in Bali und über den Sommer werde ich ein paar Monate in Berlin sein bevor ich dann wieder weiter ziehe. Eine unserer größten Herausforderungen ist dabei ständig neue Unterkünfte zu finden, sich neu in einen Ort oder Land einzuleben. Wir fangen quasi immer wieder von vorne an – immer mit den selben Fragen: Wie finde ich ein Haus/Wohnung? Viel Antworten dazu gebe ich in meinem E-Book “Digital, unabhängig, frei: Die Kunst überall zu leben und zu arbeiten“. Aber trotzdem: Meetup.com

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