Give the gift of adventure this Christmas!
17 December 2020
The countdown to Christmas is on. You've still got a bunch of people to buy gifts for, but no clue what to get, or where to start.
Fear not for Action Cancer is here to help! We’ve done the research and it's official - experience gifts are better than material things.
By experience gifts we mean tickets for our fantastic Take on the Tower Abseil, or a place on the Seven Peaks Challenge, or a walk through the glorious wilds of Connemara.
So, forget the socks. Ditch the scarf. Scrap plans for that beautiful but uselessly ornate necklace. As science shows, such gifts do not generate the same level of happiness as experiences which allow you to grapple with life in all its wonderful, messy glory.
The Benefits of Experience Gifts
shows that the happiness provided by material gifts is short-lived. While the anticipation and excitement felt on the build-up to an experience, such as a trek or abseil, heightens the joy that the event itself gives. AND the happiness created in participation is relived over and over again each time you share the story of that event.
In addition to building fantastic new memories, experiential gift participants extend their social connections and build relationships with others which, according to research
, increases their levels of satisfaction.
Experience gifts offer the chance to really engage in the moment. When abseiling from a tall building, for example, you want to keep your wits about you to make it safely to solid ground. At such times, your senses are heightened so fear, excitement and joy are more keenly felt and you feel more alive and mindful of the gift that life offers.
Action Cancer's Top Experience Gift Recommendations
Join us on Sunday 21st February as we abseil from the lofty heights of the Tower Museum in Derry/Londonderry!
Find out if you have what it takes to conquer the seven highest peaks in the majestic Mourne Mountains on Saturday 29th May 2021!
Explore the glorious wilds of Connemara with your nearest and dearest on this epic walking adventure!
Treat yourself to an unforgettable journey through the best that India has to offer, 30th September - 10th October 2021!