Can Materialism Ever Bring Long Lasting Happiness?
I searched for happiness for a great number of years outside of myself, and I believed that if I could just obtain the perfect job, a wonderful relationship, or financial wealth, that I would them be happy.
I thought that if stayed focused, and dug in, and earned a lot of money, that I would then be fulfilled.
But I finally learned that the world, our universe, doesn’t work like that!
And the Buddha learned that too!
Ask any rich person that has a health problem, or is going through a divorce or whatever, and they will tell you, "I wish I had good health or a happy marriage!".
Ed Diener, a University of Illinois psychology professor and happiness expert, said in an e-mail that he has found that:
Those who value material success more than they value happiness are likely to experience almost as many negative moods as positive moods, whereas those who value happiness over material success are likely to experience considerably more pleasant moods and emotions than unpleasant moods and emotions".
Happiness Is A Bi-Product Of A Life Lived Right!
Life is not a search for happiness!
Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of a life, of doing the right thing.
Do not search for happiness, search for right living and happiness will be your reward.
Life is sometimes a march of duty during dull, dark days.
But happiness will come again, as God’s smile of recognition of your faithfulness.
True happiness is always the by-product of a life well lived.
What Has Been Your Experience Of Materialism?
The above was just my experience of materialism, but maybe you found happiness a different way, or never found happiness at all?
Please let us know what you believe.