Excuses, Excuses All of us have been guilty of making foolish purchases at one time or another. Perhaps yours was the evening dress which you bought at a sale a year ago, but never wore because the colours were a bit too loud. You were never particularly keen on the dress but your friends insisted …
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Our unlimited wants, unending needs, uncontrolled spending, unnecessary buys and unbridled acquisitions have all resulted in one thing – an unhappy life, social scientists warn.These findings emerge at a time when the consumer culture has reached a fever pitch, comments Myers, also the author of the 2000 book, The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty.
Owning more things and accruing more wealth may provide only a partial fix; it does not ensure long-term happiness. Research shows that when people fulfil their lives around extrinsic goals such as product acquisition, they report greater unhappiness in relationships, poorer moods and more psychological problems.