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Article Review: Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions

With the upcoming holiday season, people everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. However, this gift may not be an actual gift at all. According to a study at San Francisco University, experiences such as vacations, concerts or sporting events make people happier than material objects. Television news channel CNN recently reported on this study on their website in an article titled “Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions.”

About 150 university students were surveyed about their recent purchases for this study. Most of the students were satisfied witcaribbean-xmas3h their purchases regardless of what they were. However, those whose purchases were experiences reported feeling more satisfied with their purchase both during and after the event. They also reported feeling more “alive” both during the event and their reflection on it for the survey.

Not surprisingly, the study found that those students who felt satisfied by the experiences linked this satisfaction to their interactions with others at the event. These experiences met students’ needs to bond with others through social interactions, a key factor in a person’s happiness. Students attended these events with family and friends and reported feeling closer to these people as a result.

During the holiday season, which some say has been destroyed by materialism, this article is thought-provoking. Considering that this study was about the impact of people’s purchases on their happiness, it is surprising that it does not give more suggestions on how to be mindful of this when giving gifts rather than focusing on individual happiness. Although the students’ thoughts and feelings about purchases outlined could be about gifts as well as personal purchases.

Overall, I enjoyed this article because it told the truth about what makes people happy. Too often, the media focuses more on materialism and getting the latest toys during the holiday season. I give CNN credit for giving readers an alternative to the holiday shopping rush and maybe conjuring memories of Christmas vacations past. If anyone is interested in reading this article, they may do so here:

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! : Portland Takes A Stand On The Killing Of Michael Brown


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Casco Bay High School students share their frustration and remorse for the death of Mike Brown.

On November 25, local Portland community members and leaders stood together in Monument Square in memory of the death of 18 year old, Michael Brown and against his killer, Darren Wilson not being held accountable for his actions of taking an innocent boy’s life.

Operation Christmas Child: More Than Just a Simple Gift

Opening gifts on Christmas morning is something that most children look forward to and is part of many adults’ fondest childhood memories. Sadly, many children living in poverty do not have any gifts waiting for them under the tree on Christmas morning.

Depression in College Students

One in four college students suffer from mental illness according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). There are six types of depression: Clinical Depression, Dysthymia, Minor Depression, Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Bipolar Disorder. From personal experience, depression can lead to self-hatred, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and actions. Dropping mental illness on top of college stress can cause people to snap. I know I have. 

A Turkey Tale: Pocahontas, Thanksgiving and Squanto

- The Real Story As We Think We Know It -


As the holiday of turkey dinners and family gatherings approaches I thought it would be interesting to conduct some research into the history of our beloved holiday, and what I found was far from what my education of elementary hand-turkeys and Disney movies had disclosed.

It’s a Small World After All at Culturefest

Our culture is what makes us who we are and is something to celebrate. The University of Maine did just this at Culturefest on Saturday, November 8. This day-long event was hosted by the university’s Office of International Programs in order to help students learn from each other while giving them the opportunity to share and celebrate their cultures.

Story Time Is The New T.V. Time… Again?!

Cutting Off Fingers Makes For Great Tech-Free Entertainment: Casco Bay High School’s Moth

Friday, October 17th Casco Bay High School of Portland, Maine had its 20th annual “Moth”. The idea behind a Moth for those of you who aren’t familiar with what a Moth is, apparently stems from the idea that telling stories outside by a campfire or out on a big porch somewhere in what I imagine to be a cool summer night in the South, encourages moths to gather ‘round because they are drawn to the flame or the light; in this case, listeners gather ‘round like moths to hear others tell stories.

My Gay Black African Immigrant Roommate

My Burundian roommate, Neil, walks into the apartment, tall in stature, short dreads, talking to his friend in African French with humble confidence. He’s made a lot of friends since he moved to the U.S. last year. It seems like every day I am meeting another one of his friends; all of their names are a big clutter in my head.

Culture Is Not A Costume

Some Cultures Were Brought to Our Home, But Many We Took For Our Own

October is one of the best months- hands down. This month begins unveiling months of crisp fall weather, warm clothes, amazing foods and wonderful holidays (from Eid to New Years). One holiday occurring during this month is Halloween.

Youth MOVE ME News

Youth Move Maine Does Food and Medicine

On Tuesday November 18, Youth Move Maine in Bangor took on Food and Medicine’s solidarity project. Located in Brewer, along the border of the Penobscot river is a non-profit organization that looks out for its fellow Mainer.

Our Walk Out of the Darkness

On Sunday, October 5th, hundreds of people turned up at the University of Maine Orono campus to walk for suicide awareness. This walk was organized by Out of the Darkness, a national organization whose focus is to honor suicide victims, survivors, and families while educating the community about this issue.

Youth Social Media & Journalism Internship Launch

Over the last couple of months YMM staff have been outreaching to communities and developing a new program for youth around the state in efforts to enhance youth voice right here on the internet in relation to youth issues; tackling topics important to them. The content and ideas are all of theirs. We selected three to participate in the yearlong program. They will be writing over at the Youth Blog section of the site.

Stomping the Stigma

On September 21st, 2014 there was a beautiful thing happening in South Portland, Maine. Several hundred people got together to help spread awareness about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. It was very uplifting to see so many different people from all walks of life gathered together to share knowlege, and experiences about this subject which does not get as much attention as it should in our world.