#GoDoFly presents WTLA #11

Hello #GoDoFly Lovers!

Here we are to present to you number 11 on the Wonderful Team Leadership Award list! For more info – http://thealwaysbeliever.com/wonderful-team-readership-award/

Those who Wander — a great blog to check about traveling tips and tons of other lovely views from around the world. Today we speak about Giving experiences and not things. All in all, another win for the #GoDoFly cause!

Check her out here – http://glipho.com/those-who-wander

Thanks for the love and support,

The Always Believer

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Ok, for the past few weeks, I’ve been making + posting guides to gifts with purpose. I’ve tried to select items that I thought would go the extra mile with travelers. But, in reading and thinking more about giving habits and cultural tendencies revolving around the holidays, I’ve decided to culminate this series by challenging you all to think outside the box.

The holiday season is about giving – but there are many ways to show your family and friends that you love them without giving in to harmful and unsustainable consumerism. Minimalism is a growing trend that’s increasingly visible and seen as mainstream, thanks to folks like Leo Babauta and The Minimalists — and its tenets of humbleness and the pursuit of a meaningful life are very compelling.

As travelers, we know that memories are our greatest treasures. They make us smile thinking about time well-spent and have a strong influence on the types of people we become. Our experiences — not our souvenirs — are what guide us on to future paths.

Research conducted on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests that money used to acquire experiences increases long-term happiness more so than buying objects. Experiences with others fill basic needs of love and belongingness, while unnecessary things just don’t affect our happiness in any meaningful way. With a healthy habit of pursuing experiences that leave us and others feeling loved, we’re well on our way up the pyramid — to self-esteem and self-actualization.

It’s pretty simple – both giving and getting experiences makes us happier people all around. Plus, when you add in the element of making a gift or implementing personal skills and creativity, you’ll start to feel really good about doing something unique and thoughtful for someone you love.

So, this holiday season, let’s all commit to giving creatively.

Tell us what you think!