When it comes to saving up money for something big, most people can really only save for one thing at a time. So you have to figure out which one thing is going to make you the happiest in the long run. You know what it’s like: New car or a new kitchen? Computer, or TV?
A vacation or hot tub?
Studies show people are happiest when they are surrounded by quality relationships … but we all know it takes quality time to build those quality relationships. Additional research published by the National Institute of Health concludes that “the absence of positive social relationships is a significant risk factor for broad-based morbidity and mortality.”
So, when push comes to shove, which is better? A vacation or a hot tub?
Realistically, an amazing vacation can certainly provide quality time with those closest to you and give you the chance to create some amazing memories. But let’s be honest. It’s a short-term investment in your happiness – it only lasts as long as the trip and the few days of euphoria afterward. Then it’s back to life and reality with the next “break” often at least a year away.
So, it’s our humble suggestion that you consider an investment in a hot tub as an investment in your daily efforts toward happiness. Because with a hot tub, you can take time to relax and connect with family and friends as often as you like. You don’t have to wait until next year to do it – it can be a daily ritual. Even if it’s just 20 minutes a day, you can briefly pull away from the worries of reality and spend time laughing. Together.
What it really comes down to is what you find most important. Are you looking for a short-term respite from life’s woes or a long-term investment that can bring you daily connection and relaxation? We’re guessing by now you know what our vote is! Besides, you can always take a vacation next year. 😉