Shoes for the Soulless…A New Study: Possessions Do Not Equal Happiness
From Medical News Today:
We have all met materialistic people. These individuals want the best of the best, whether its the latest phone or a top-of-the-range car. But even when their demands are met, these types of characters may not be happy. And now, new research suggests that materialistic individuals are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life.
According to the research team, who recently published their findings online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, materialistic people find it more difficult to be grateful for what they have, which causes them to become miserable.
Co-author James Roberts, of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, says the fact that we are able to adapt well to new situations may explain why material possessions do not equal happiness.
“As we amass more and more possessions, we don’t get any happier, we simply raise our reference point,” he says, adding:
“That new 2,500-square-foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house. It’s called the ‘Treadmill of Consumption.’ We continue to purchase more and more stuff but we don’t get any closer to happiness, we simply speed up the treadmill.”
And speaking of treadmills, I used to use mine like a runway for really expensive designer shoes. I don’t disagree with the findings in the study, but I would have liked it to go one better: What’s the underlying reason? The bigger better deal syndrome is a symptom of a larger problem. It took me a long time (and again with the help of a professional) to realize that my spending was directly proportionate to bigger problem in my life.
It wasn’t until I lost everything that I found what was missing.