Something I Have Learned

We have become such a materialistic society, that everyone wants to have the next big thing, be it in fashion, cars, technology, etc. A lot of people believe that by collecting these things they are achieving a higher status in life. As if their new BMW, or 60″ TV or $1000 shoes make them better than someone else. In reality, theses people just collecting a bunch of stuff that may bring them joy or instrumental happiness for a few weeks before they are traded or tossed away or that instrumental happiness begins to fade and is replaced again by something new.

This goes back to the old cliché that money can’t buy happiness. Sure, it can provide you with joy for a little while, but that joy eventually fades, as it is not sustainable. We should instead focus on collecting moments and memories in life, as these are the things that bring us intrinsic happiness that is sustainable, as we will always have these things, and the joy they bring us won’t fade like it does with material objects.

Experience life and collect all the moments and memories that you can, because these will be the things that bring you the most happiness as you grow older.

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – Ashley Montagu

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