Materialism – Can Possessions Really Make Us Happy?

Can Materialism Ever Bring Long Lasting Happiness?

Do possessions make you happy. Can materialism make you happy?

 

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.

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5 Responses to Materialism – Can Possessions Really Make Us Happy?

  1. peterson says:

    Of course money brings happiness, but the problem is that the happiness that it brings is temporary.

    You buy a new car and feel very happy and probably proud of it for a few weeks but after that when somebody says, “Nice looking car”, you look around at other cars to see which one he or she is talking about.

    Most people like helping others and particularly family members and money allows you to do that.

    Money allows you to pursue a loved hobby, or to go on vacation to wonderful places.

    So don’t knock money and wealth because they’re both great, but don’t make them a God or you will live in fear of losing them.

  2. Michael Redbourn says:

    I think that Peterson’s post is spot on but I’d like to add a little to it.

    I worked on a lot of big films and major TV shows for 30 years and can honestly say that I only met one person who was not a slave to either money or fame or both..

    Who was it?

    Bruce Beresford, who directed "Driving Miss Daisy" and some other very nice movies too.

    "Last Dance", was actually a very good movie but it was unfortunately released shortly after, "Dead Men Walking", so many critiques simply referered to the film as, "Dead Women Walking".

    Stone’s performance was excellent and even though she wore heavy prison clothes, some critiques wrote, "You can still see her nipples".

    As Brendan Behan once said ..

    Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.

    The very first day of post production on "Last Dance" Bruce invited everyone to a very nice restaurant near to the studio and after giving us all a few minutes to peruse the menu said ..

    "We will go out more times together but when we do I will pay. I am rich and making a lot of money on this movie so paying for you will be my pleasure".

    He meant it, and it was heartfelt and there was no sense of showing off.

    What made Bruce different?

    Whenever we all went out together he always brought his son who had Down Syndrome and showered him with love, with no signs of embarassment.

    I believe that Bruce learned how much more important love is than money, because of his son, and I have seen parents of similarly afflicted children shower far more love on their children than they probably would have on so called ‘normal’ children.

  3. yellowstone says:

    Many people will quickly argue that they would prefer to have lots of money, live in huge house and have lots of flashy cars and be sad in life, than be happy and poor.

    What they fail to acknowledge however, and that’s maybe because they quickly argued the point and didn’t give it much thought, is that a person needs to be accepted and respected in society in order to even begin to enjoy his or her wealth.

    They can have all the excess money and wealth and still have no peace, or love from their families.

    Imagine being super rich and returning home to a nagging and unloving family!

    Such a person could never enjoy his wealth because he would never have the peace of mind to do so.

  4. Valerie Earl says:

    I think that love is more important than money. And thank you soooo much for all the comments!!It will really help me in my debates! =)

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