By: Skylar Doege
People LOVE to buy things: tech gadgets, clothing, shoes, jewelry, you name it. We love to accumulate what we buy too, so it overflows our rooms, closets, garages, and yards. And then we throw some of it away and buy more. But after some point does all this buying and accumulating of stuff truly make us happier? Or does it over complicate our lives unnecessarily and distract us from what is most important?
There is always something new right around the corner.
New models, new styles, new improvements, and new features. From clothes and cars to iPhones and kitchen gadgets, our world moves forward.
Our purchases cost us more than we realize.
In stores, products are measured in dollars and cents. But as Henry David Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” We don’t buy things with money; we buy them with hours from our lives.
Experience make us happier than possessions.
All research points to the fact that there are far more effective way to find happiness, like enjoying a life-changing experience, for example.
Each purchase adds extra worry to our lives.
Every physical item we bring into our lives represents one more thing that can be broken, scratched, or stolen. The things we own require time, energy, and focus. As a result, they often distract us from the things that truly bring us lasting happiness.
Buying things doesn’t always make us happy. Well, OK maybe for a while it does, but a person should also live in the moment and get out more. Life isn’t always about Facebook or Snapchat; it’s about being with friends and experiencing new things.