New Quiz: The Luxury Test

infinity pool looking out on the ocean

What do you consider luxurious?

Do you like luxury? I think we all do – at least in our own ways. I love luxury, but what I have considered luxurious has changed over the years. For me, luxury is less about showing off status or enjoying the finer things in life. These days it’s more about having time and resources to live my life on my own terms. I think eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch is quite luxurious if it means I’m doing what I enjoy… writing quizzes from my daybed or catching up with quiz takers on my sofa πŸ™‚

Of course, before I got started with a luxury quiz, I had to do some research first. I found out a couple interesting things about luxury goods. The first is that they give us comfort, even when – especially when – we can’t afford them. Makes sense to me. A nice piece of clothing or meal is hard to resist when we’re feeling down.

Another study about luxury suggests that being around luxury goods (or what psychologists refer to as “being primed by”) makes us more self-interested. Β In some extreme cases, we are more likely to make decisions that harm others when we’re around luxury.

Wow! So is luxury a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think it’s important to find little luxuries in life and to treat ourselves well. It’s up to us to keep our reactions in check (giving back is a good way of doing this) and to moderate. Do you agree?

I wanted to write a quiz that celebrated both the excess and moderation of luxury: The Luxury Test. This simple image quiz tells you how you would live an extreme life of luxury and also how you may do so already in moderation.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get onΒ The Luxury Test? Is it true for you?
  2. How do you feel about luxury in general?Β 
  3. How do you treat yourself in little ways?

What do you think?

20 thoughts on “New Quiz: The Luxury Test

  1. Blogthings Fan

    Luxury to me depends on your attitude towards life and how you feel about certain things not jewels or riches.

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    1. julie

      If I could live in the countryside, with a beautiful kitchen and bathroom, and underfloor heating and air conditioning, I would feel I’d died and gone to Heaven. That’s my idea of luxury!

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  2. moonstep1969

    Just having a cup of tea there will do as well. Luxury is bliss as long as you have it in small doses, not all the time. After all, the old saying that the best things in life are free still applies IMO – nature and friendship, for instance.

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  3. Monica T.

    I was torn between the pool picture and the house picture, so I thought I would click on them both. So, I get the result of ‘Escaping’ and ‘Settling Down’, which, I think, describe me perfectly…

    Thanks for another great, insightful quiz, Kari…

    I think luxury is good in sufficient amount. Too much of it can easily lead to greed and hedonism, but of course, it depends on each individuals whether or not to yield to greed and hedonism…

    As for how I treat myself in little ways…. I do think that simply curling up under a blanket with a good book is luxurious enough. I believe that not much is actually needed to be content.

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    1. kari Post author

      I love your philosophy regarding contentment! I think that feeling like you need a certain thing or experience to be content only leads to unhappiness. Thanks for your great analysis πŸ™‚

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  4. Josh

    Both of these describe me.

    You Think Freedom is Luxurious

    For you, luxury is all about being able to do what you want whenever you want to. Not listening to anyone.
    You value an independent lifestyle above all else. And you’re willing to make sacrifices to make sure you live on your terms.

    If you had all the money, you’d do whatever you felt like. You’d love the thrill of living outside the system.
    You may not have the means to live a fully independent life, but you do what you can to march to your own drumbeat.

    Whenever possible, you take the autonomous path – even if it means more responsibility and hassle.
    You prefer to look after your own life and to make your own choices. You chart your own course through this world.

    You Think Settling Down is Luxurious

    For you, luxury is about living as comfortable a life as possible. And naturally, comfort begins at home.
    You would like to live in an extremely beautiful, comfortable and well-cared for house. You want a place you can come home and relax in.

    If you had all the money in the world, you’d spend it on your dream home. You have a good idea of the exact kind of home you’d like.
    You may not be able to afford your dream home right now, but you do what you can to promote coziness in your living quarters.

    You never feel like a new mattress or kitchen item is a waste of money. You believe happiness starts at home.
    You even devote a good amount of time and energy to decorating your home to reflect your personality. Your living environment is uplifting.

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  5. Alyssa

    You Think Escaping is Luxurious

    For you, luxury is all about getting away from it all. And the further away (both psychologically and physically) the better.
    You crave the feeling of not having a care or responsibility in the world. For you, that’s better than any thing or experience you could buy.

    If you had all the money in the world, you would build a sanctuary for yourself. It would likely involve lots of privacy and nature.
    You may not be rich enough for your own island, but you can still appreciate carving out your own space in the world – no matter how big or small.

    You are good at figuring out at what will bring you peace, and that’s worth more than all the money in the world.
    Keep finding your retreat from this world. You deserve it, and it energizes you. You aren’t yourself without your special space.

    Yes. ALL of it was true. Having more and more responsibility, concern and purpose in your life is amazing, yet tiring. Everyone should have even a little bit of “me-time”.

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  6. julie

    The home would always come first for me. Ever since I was a child I dreamt of owning my own home. I even when to great lengths “furnishing” my home from the pages of my mum’s catalogue. Kept me entertained for hours, furnishing each room! I left home at 18, to rent a bed-sit, and was so proud of it, even though it had no sink and I had to share a bathroom, and I had no T.V. or washing machine. I washed my clothes in the bath and bought a mini second hand fridge. Not exactly luxury, but I felt king of my little castle!

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    1. kari Post author

      Love your analysis here. And I’ve definitely noticed that people who set up a home for themselves earlier in life tend to appreciate homey things more πŸ™‚ There’s a lot to be said for being king (or queen!) of your castle, no matter how small!

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  7. moonstep1969

    1. You Think Escaping is Luxurious
    (True. Settling Down is my second choice.)

    For you, luxury is all about getting away from it all. And the further away (both psychologically and physically) the better.
    You crave the feeling of not having a care or responsibility in the world. For you, that’s better than any thing or experience you could buy.

    If you had all the money in the world, you would build a sanctuary for yourself. It would likely involve lots of privacy and nature.
    You may not be rich enough for your own island, but you can still appreciate carving out your own space in the world – no matter how big or small.

    You are good at figuring out at what will bring you peace, and that’s worth more than all the money in the world.
    Keep finding your retreat from this world. You deserve it, and it energizes you. You aren’t yourself without your special space.

    2. Luxury is good as long as it comes with class, style and taste. Noveau riche things like golden water taps, ill-smelling perfumes and over-the-top clothes are IMO vulgar, showy and a big no-no.

    3. Luxury in little ways for me is for example buying exclusive teas, pieces of chocolate, a design piece or real silver accessories. And I love dining at hotel bars even in Stockholm! That’s what I spontaneously come to think of when being asked.

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    1. kari Post author

      I think we have similar taste in luxuries. I love small things like tea and chocolate πŸ™‚ And I like your idea of dining at hotel bars. I’ve never tried it, but it sounds wonderful.

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