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7. Are Highly Materialistic

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We live in a competitive, individualistic and materialistic society where most people are constantly trying to outdo each other to be perceived as “better.” This starts right from childhood when we throw tantrums when our parents and guardians don’t buy us new and better toys than our neighbors’ children. Unfortunately, this materialism continues into our adult lives most of the times.

Whether it is buying luxurious cars to make us look wealthy, trendy clothes to make us look and feel better, or the latest smartphones to look more modern than our friends, we are constantly looking for something other than what we have. It’s no doubt that a majority of people in the world are stressed and unhappy, but obsessing about material things doesn’t solve the problem; they only make us feel good for a short while.

Perhaps you should try to fast forward your life several years from now when you’re old, ailing and on your death-bed. What will you be grateful for? I can almost guarantee you that when that time comes, it is the happiness that you shared and the memories that you made with the people you love that will make you look back and smile, and not what you owned. Why?

Because material things can’t put their arms around you and assure you that everything will be okay when you are going through a difficult time. Neither can they smile nor laugh with you during happier times. The only thing obsession with material stuff does is to make your life more complicated than it’s already is.

Many people who thought that amassing more money and possessions would make them happier have been greatly disappointed. Instead, they’ve ended up with broken relationships, insecurity, depression, and even suicide.

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This leads us to one very important point that you should never forget – you don’t need more material possessions to be happy. You’re perfect just the way you are, and all you need in this life to be happy, you already have. Of course, once in a while, you’re free to treat yourself with the good stuff, but for the most part, you should be happy with what you already.

True happiness lies within you, so don’t waste your time, effort and hard-earned money searching for it in all the wrong places. It just happens when everything in your life falls into place. As you may already know, your thoughts, actions, and choices in life directly affect how you feel. That means that you can’t be happy unless you make the necessary changes on the inside.

Embrace positive thinking and be grateful for what you already have instead of capitalizing on what you lack. Also, invest in relationships with the people who matter to you. Spend more time with them and let them know that you are happy and blessed because of their presence in your life. And, don’t forget to take good care of yourself too; it’s a key component of happiness.

Overall, when you focus on what truly matters, that void you’re trying to fill with unnecessary material possessions will diminish and your life will be much better.

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2 Comments

  • Unfortunately … without realizing, some people appear to derive some satisfaction from complaining. We all know… that person that always talks about the abuses in life they continue to suffer and you just can’t move them from that focus even if you take different approaches like empathy, silent listening (sounding board), or even just trying to joke to make things lighter. They ‘love’ and seem happy complaining about something, anything. It’s a habit that’s ingrained and second nature. Personally when I catch myself complaining I try not to make it worse by beating myself up for worsening my mood by my own frustrated complaints. I’m not perfect and I try to move on by tuning out what’s bugged me. Reading, meditating, listening to music and even changing directions, if in traffic, helps. After all, situations will always change. When in a better place I’m am grateful, even for my complaining friends and family as they provide the contrast that I learn from about myself. Imho.

  • Primarily, I think that it’s because they’ve created from all those experiences, an identity of themselves as who they see themselves to be. They are terrified of loosing this identity because after all, who will they be? It’s like a program that has been written in their subconscious mind from all their collective negative experiences. For some people it takes ongoing and consistent re-conditioning of the mind, but Interestingly enough, for many others it takes a traumatic experience that breaks the programming, it shatters the old paradigm, making room for a new one.

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