True story: I bought 3/4 top sneakers for my senior year of basketball over the objections of my high-school coach, who wanted everyone in true high-tops. I stepped on another guy's foot on the first day of practice and broke my fibula. He took this as evidence I'd erred in my shoe choice. The evidence says otherwise:
"There's no science out there, that we have at least, that proves that a high-top shoe is more effective at reducing ankle injuries than anything else," says Kevin Dodson, Nike's senior design director for basketball footwear.
So, with decriminalization and legalization of marijuana occurring nationwide, let's put the drug where it belongs: right beside tobacco and alcohol, two substances that, while not sinister enough to be made illegal, are clearly not good for you and should be mostly avoided.
[this] helps us see the car-buyer’s true problem: not that he’s prioritising objects over experience, but that he’s pursuing the wrong kind of experience. He wants to receive a predictable, consistent daily dose of pleasure from owning a car. But that’s not how pleasure works: if the holidaymaker ends up happier, it’ll be because she got to enjoy anticipating the trip, experiencing it, then consigning it to memory, where it can be burnished until it’s perfect (or, if it went terribly, turned into an anecdote that’s even more fun). If our shallow materialist were to use his vehicle to pursue unpredictable, sociable and one-off experiences – like, say, a road trip with friends – he’d stand just as much chance of happiness.
So these new studies seem to indicate that it's not a simple matter of whether you buy things or experiences; it's a matter of what purpose the things you buy serve. If you buy a Faberge' egg (to use the example in the article) to simply put on a shelf in your office to be dusted, it's unlikely to make you any happier. If you buy that same egg to use in a game where it's passed around to close friends and family who are obligated to write a story about it and distribute it at Christmas, it may cause many people to be much happier.