26 May 2008

Old article but very relevant

This is a great article by Catherine Deveney and as this is a topic that I have discussed recently with friends I thought I would revive it. It is from here
And this is an excerpt from it:'

Spend, spend, spend. It's no way to happiness

Catherine DevenySeptember 26, 2007

You'll see them in shopping centres every weekend seeking sedation: people trying to buy their next high.

REDUCE greed. There's your answer. Thank you and good night.

Nothing new, nothing fancy, nothing even slightly original. Here's a tip to increase your happiness. Just stop trying to fill that gaping hole inside yourself with more stuff. Or shelving for the stuff. Or a bigger house for the shelving. It doesn't work. It just makes the hole bigger. Everything won't be fine if you just get new light fittings, replace the curtains or buy a new mobile phone. No one needs 12 doona covers. Everything will be fine if you take a big breath and stop buying crap you don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't like.

Does anyone else want to slap half the people around you and say "You'd have more peace if you just spent less money"? People complain about how hard they work, how little money they have and how their relationship is at breaking point. And then what do they do? Exercise? Meditate? Work less? Nope. They buy themselves a cappuccino machine they'll only use twice, an exercise bike that will be the most expensive clothes hanger they have ever owned, shoes they'll never wear and then sign up for cable TV. And then put their hand up for more overtime....




1 comment:

Eilleen and Michael said...

*nods in agreement* Thanks Kelli!