- by C.C.
Attempting to buy happiness
Speaking of free pick-me-ups…
It’s true that money can buy you things and sometimes, things can make you happy. It’s also true that an eternal quest for possessions can make you seriously unhappy. According to one study by the Worldwatch Institute, an advocacy group for “a sustainable world that meets human needs”…
The failure of additional wealth and consumption to help people have satisfying lives may be the most eloquent argument for reevaluating our current approach to consumption.
How to avoid it: Usually it’s the things you’ve wanted for a long time that give lasting happiness, because you appreciate them more than impulse buys. But as cliche, as it sounds, the best things in life really are free. And if you concentrate on surrounding yourself with positive influences, rather than getting caught up in the consumerist rat race, you’ll live happier and longer.