We live in a materialistic world where the primary goal appears to be to accumulate more possessions. We buy bigger cars, bigger houses, and, of course, a lot of things to occupy these bigger houses.
The concept is that we may buy happiness by purchasing more “things.” We’ve been doing it for a long time in the Western world. But are we truly content with all of our material possessions?
More and more individuals are beginning to believe that all of this unnecessary stuff weighs us down and adds to our stress. All of these items must be taken care of, and with larger homes and cars come larger maintenance and repair bills.
In the pursuit of pleasure, a new trend has emerged of owning less and living simpler, more minimalistic lives. We can see it in the popularity of books like “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the movement toward minimalism and tiny homes.
There must be something to the concept of owning less and focusing less on purchasing and owning things.
Is this to say that in order to be happy, we must give away all of our possessions and live in a little house or apartment? Obviously not. However, it could imply that spending a little time decluttering and getting rid of some items can provide us with a sense of breathing space and freedom.
It also implies that, rather than accumulating more things, we should aim to focus on experiences. Instead of buying a new car, furniture, or a set of golf clubs, use that money for a pleasant family trip. Make great memories by spending quality time with your loved ones.
You will not only boost your happiness while on vacation, but you will also feel joy as you remember this trip and the time you spent with your husband and children.
You’re not even required to go that far. Vacations are wonderful, but we can’t always take them, and they aren’t always practical.
Consider investing quality time instead of purchasing gifts. Instead of buying another outfit or book for your mother or best friend, take her out for lunch and some girl time on her birthday.
Instead of buying another electronic gadget or tool, go to the ballgame with the boys and cheer on your favorite team. Instead of buying more things, consider having more experiences and generating more memories.
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