“Materialism can negatively influence well-being.”
– Ed Diener and Martin Seligman
We often get lost in the Myth of More – believing that “more” will make us happier – more clothes, more wine, more food, more money, more stuff!
In my post Finding Joy, Michael Norton describes that people believe that the prospect of possessing things will make them happy.
But Diener and Seligman, leaders in Positive Psychology argue that from an economic point of view, materialism can actually negatively influence well-being.
And even when a business magazine The Business Insider explored what will make you happy, more stuff was not on the list:
So how much is enough? In many articles, including this one on Zen Habits, it is argued that we already have enough now.
So instead of more stuff, most psychologists and even some economists are suggesting a change in attitude.
This wonderful video illustrates our rediculous attraction to more stuff and the damage it is doing to us and to our planet.
It is appropriately called The Story of Stuff.
Please let me know what you thought of The Story of Stuff.
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