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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

If you’re conflicted about whether to spend money on a material good (say, a computer) or personal experience (say, a vacation), the research says you’ll get much more satisfaction — and for longer — if you choose the experience. Most of us, it turns out, get more bang from the experiential buck. Indeed, when people are asked to recall their most significant material and experiential purchases over the previous five years, they report that the experience brought more joy, was a source of more enduring satisfaction and was more clearly “money well spent.”

This might seem counter-intuitive. The material good lasts while the experience is fleeting. But psychologically it’s the reverse. We quickly adapt to the material good, but the experience endures in the memories we cherish, the stories we tell and the very sense of who we are.

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—from Gary Belsky and Tom Gilovich’s article in Time, “Want Happiness? Don’t Buy More Stuff — Go on Vacation”

This one article is responsible for convincing my wife to take a road trip to Montana in a couple weeks. After days of debate, I’ve learned that Belsky and Gilovich carry more authority and are more persuasive than the love of a good husband and 20 years of marriage. *grin*

Whatever it takes! Swan Valley, here we come! The Griswolds are on the loose.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Sunset on Sanibel Trent Gilliss, online editor
Even as Spring renews Minnesotans’ spirits and the frozen ground begins to sigh, it’s a pleasure receiving this idyllic photo from a beloved colleague who is on holiday after facing a challenging Winter. And she’s not even checking her e-mail. Yeah!
And, yes, for those of us remaining behind, that vast swath of ocean bearing the silent thunder of its motion off the Florida coast looks absolutely enchanting.
(photo: Kate Moos)

Sunset on Sanibel
Trent Gilliss, online editor

Even as Spring renews Minnesotans’ spirits and the frozen ground begins to sigh, it’s a pleasure receiving this idyllic photo from a beloved colleague who is on holiday after facing a challenging Winter. And she’s not even checking her e-mail. Yeah!

And, yes, for those of us remaining behind, that vast swath of ocean bearing the silent thunder of its motion off the Florida coast looks absolutely enchanting.

(photo: Kate Moos)

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