1. The full-body reset

Leave your mind and problems at home and let your body get back to nature. The only thing you think of during the day is how hot you are and how much water and beer you should be drinking (one day I drank 20 bottles of water and 20 beers and peed thrice). Night falls and it’s still perfect weather for the beach. The beats are bumping and you could give a hoot about the unchecked emails in your inbox.

Last year, I was having trouble getting motivated to put in work on my thesis. It was the only thing I thought about, but the last thing that I wanted to work on. Coachella took it off my mind, and when I came back I was ready to make some progress. Use a getaway like this to give your brain a break from whatever you think about most.

2. The people watching

There are people everywhere. A lot of them use this weekend to do a lot of drugs in public. Watching someone scream, yell, and love on an inanimate object never gets old. My favorite times to people watch come during the nighttime main-stage events where all the different drug cultures come together to watch an artist they’re all familiar with. The ravers come out of their techno-tents full of flashing lights and pumping bass to mingle with the ultra-chill and relaxed stoners who sprawl out on the grass to enjoy the calming tunes, while the psychedelic crews are always close by, just wanting to touch everything with a look on their face that shows they aren’t anywhere close to this reality.

Everyone is fascinated and driven by something a little different, and the building tension is just hilarious to watch as they all come together to get a good view of the stage and listen to some music.

3. The technology

All of the lights. The lights. The sound. The video. I get geeky on it. Check out the video above and just think about all the work that had to go into setting it all up. Organizers also make a conscious effort to be as green as possible by having trash, recycling, and compost bins everywhere.

There’s even been a stage powered by a generator run off of people riding stationary bicycles, as well as several other very creative initiatives to minimize waste throughout the festival.

4. The artwork
collage of art

Image courtesy of: Stephanie

5. The energy

You can feel it as soon as you enter the venue and it continues all weekend. It’s fantastic.

Research shows that if you’re trying to buy happiness, your enjoyment from experience-based purchases starts out high and goes up over time, whereas enjoyment from tangible goods like a new TV or clothes decreases over time. So if you’re in the market to perk yourself up with a purchase, make it a trip to Coachella instead of that new iPhone.

This post was originally published at The Quest for Awesome and is reprinted here with permission.