Experiences >>Objects

The “new” (as LeBron has it) David Brooks is on to something here:

A basic rule of happiness is don’t buy things; buy experiences. The market has taken one commodity product after another and turned it into an emotional experience — even hotel stays. I don’t know how you measure how much better off we are because of that, but we are significantly better off.

Before Tyler and I got Magic Johnson’ed by Bill Simmons, we wrote about the pleasures and pitfalls of buying sports experiences in Grantland.

My 20th wedding anniversary is approaching and we are planning a trip to Botswana and Namibia, or else a cruise to Antarctica. No china pottery sets or platinum nose rings.

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