Do you ever wonder why we buy many things, but in the end we find that it does not make us happy.
Ah, materialism. Materialism consumes us from the
clothes we wear, products we choose to buy, technology we choose to use, and more!
Materialism is: “a way of thinking that gives too much importance to material possessions rather than to spiritual or intellectual things”
Why Do We Value Material Possessions So Much?
Power & Status
The more money you have, it equals to a higher status in life, but this comes at a $price$, which you’d have to spend a lot to show a lot. Is it worth it? You may be a victim to the dollar bill, or coin. Money can also become an addiction. It is the root of all evil.
We Think The Grass is Greener On The Other Side
You see someone who has it all, and they seem so happy having it all. You start to think their life is genuinely better than yours. NEVER judge a book by its cover. You don’t know what problems they may be facing.
Media brain washes people into thinking that if you don’t have a certain item, you are missing out. They even make people think that if they don’t obtain these possessions, they won’t be as happy. They make you find connections between that product & happiness. How cruel they trap us.
It Makes Us Feel Better. FILLING VOIDS
When some are feeling down, they shop to fill voids. Retail therapy. Well, buying things you like can sure ease your moment of sadness, and stress, but once you don’t need that item, or desire it the way you use to…guess what, you’re going to start to feel sad…& stressed…again…yup…sigh.
We Just Want to Fit In
Everyone has some sort of social media network. We are always looking at what other individuals have. There is the pressure to have the top brands. In some social circles, if you don’t keep up with a certain lifestyle, you just won’t be a part of it anymore, and if you don’t have the funds, it sure is going to make your bank account plummet. If only we could look beyond what everyone had, and just look at their character, and personalities. Wouldn’t the world be richer?
Do you think you’re materialistic, or just want to limit yourself so you’re not consumed by materialism?
Here’s some advice.
Get rid of the clutter. Get rid of your possessions you do not need. Things you may desire now, may not be desired later.
Life is short. In the end, your possessions do not follow you to the grave. Live life to the fullest. EXPERIENCE LIFE.
Be grateful. Make a list of what you already have. It’s the small pleasures in life we enjoy the most.
Find meaning in the items you want, or already have. Is/was it worth it?