Have you ever been stressed about what to give someone for one of the many occasions that seem to require gifts–Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday or anniversary? Did you know that studies show in the long run people are more happy with experiences rather than material possessions?(Read research about this HERE, HERE, or HERE.)
Last week when I was considering what to get my Mom for Mother’s Day I could not come up with one thing that I thought she would want or need so decided to buy a plane ticket for myself to Buffalo in order to spend the weekend with her. How lucky I am to have her in my life!
It was a good plan that has allowed us a lot of together-time we don’t normally have as I live 14 hours and several states away. Since my arrival on Friday, we haven’t done anything that would make the record books; We have gone walking at several nearby parks, shared some meals, watched an evening thunderstorm just before being drenched in a downpour, reminisced over old pictures, enjoyed some wine and cheese while waiting for the sun to set over Lake Erie… but now, even after I leave, we will both have added some wonderful memories to the bank in our heads that is forever ours. In my opinion, the more great memories and experiences we have, the richer we will be.
So that brings me to this week’s quotes: