~Holidays and pursuit of happiness~
Happiness. The one thing many wish to have. With the holiday season around the corner, a question that often comes to mind is how to allocate one’s budget to maximise pleasure. Research shows that people experience much more joy spending money on experiences as opposed to material items from a shopping spree.
A study conducted by Cornell University in USA measured how adaptation affects happiness by asking people to self-report their happiness with major material versus experiential purchases. The result turned out to be counterintuitive, where a lasting physical object does not keep one as happy as long as a once-and-done experience does. Why is that so?
Ironically, while the happiness from material purchases diminishes over time as it fades into the background among other possessions, memories of experiences become an ingrained part of our identity. In addition, shared experiences create ties that binds. People are more likely to feel connected with someone they took vacation with than someone who also happens to have bought the same smartphone. Hence, happiness lasts longer and is multiplied by investing in life experiences.
This holiday season, families and friends can now spend a joyful and memorable time at Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia’s premier theme park is gearing up for a grand festive celebration like never before. From 1st to 30 December 2018, Sunway Lagoon’s “It’s Wipe Out” holiday celebration will feature exciting activities and events planned for visitors of all ages. The park will be open for extended hours until 9pm every weekend (Fri, Sat and Sun from 1 to 22 Dec) and daily from 23 to 30 Dec 2018.
Visitors at the park in December can expect to be thrilled and entertained by a barrage of events and goings-on. These include the Party Zone @ Mali Cove where guests will be entertained by a DJ as well as a variety of shows and performances. Those who like to get wet and wild will surely take well to the Wild Water Run Challenge @ Mali Cove featuring floating inflatables. Daily winners will walk away with a JBL Clip 2 worth RM368 and the Overall Champion for the month will walk away with a Go-Pro Hero 7 valued at RM1,900.
Meanwhile the little ones can have a blast at the Kids Zone @ Mali Cove which boasts a foam pool, a ball pool and a floatie toys pool. And it’s MUSICAL Pool time!! Not to be missed is Santa’s Afternoon Tea at Beach Bistro.
On days with extended opening hours, visitors can fuel their activity-filled day at Sunway Lagoon’s Beach Bistro which will feature a special BBQ dinner that is guaranteed to give visitors a mouth-watering holiday barbeque feast. The fun, however, does not stop. While adults pit their skills at Sunway Lagoon’s very own Flow Rider and Dunking Machine activities, the little ones can enjoy a bounciful playtime at the gigantic Inflatable Castle where they will be able to live out their fantasies.
However, the highlight of the night programme will definitely be Sunway Lagoon’s first ever Night Parade happening at 7.30pm. This event surely is not to be missed, featuring a fanfare which includes Captain and Lady Quack decked in Christmas attire, unicyclists, jugglers, balloon bearers, a DJ truck etc.
Sunway Lagoon offers 90 rides and attractions spread across 6 themed parks – Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park and Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, the first-ever Nickelodeon-branded attraction in Asia. Tickets are priced at RM 130 for adults above the age of 13 and RM 106 for those aged 12 and below. From 1 Nov to 30 Dec 2018, friends and families will be able to enjoy great discounts by purchasing the FamFun package at RM390 (NP: RM720) and 4-To-Go package at RM456 (NP: RM800).