Living means experiencing, not material objects
According to researchers from San Francisco State University, people understand that this life we get to live is about creating memories and not the glitz and glamour of trendy clothes and technology. But again, it is easy to get wrapped up in purchases that we will ultimately regret.
If we think about it, when we are 90 and on our deathbeds, will we cherish that new iPad or gold watch or the memories and moments we created with the people who made an impact on our lives?
Focus on your happiness, not what makes you attractive
We are more valuable as a product of this society, than the human-made products that we desire (and never really need). I cannot say I do not like beautiful things, and it is fine to reward yourself, but our bigger investments should go toward making life unforgettable and worth living versus having that temporary satisfaction from things.
Dr. Thomas Gilovich is a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the link between money and happiness. He told Fast Company:
Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.