Our society is plagued with consumerism. Various brands are advertising on TV to catch our attention to buy their products and services. Malls are setting out the big word ‘SALE’ from time to time. All these campaigns are encouraging us to spend enforcing the idea that happiness is a matter of buying the perfect house, wearing the trendiest clothes, driving the best car, and having the latest high tech gadgets.
While having these can make us happy, studies have shown that it’s only mostly temporary. Research showed that people who spent money on experiences rather than material things were happier and felt the money was better spent.
Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end. The more you own, the more it costs to keep them. Oftentimes, too much possession ends up possessing its owner. Things fade and you can never get contentment in possessing more things as there is always something new around the corner and someone else has always more than we do. Keep less and you’ll have more money to do the things you love that makes you happy.
While I am not really a fan of consumerism as I keep a simple and humble style of living, it was a realization that as I add numbers to what I currently have, the amount of happiness does not equally add up. I realized that travel and fitness were the things that add happiness. Travel opens up a whole new world of experiences as I go to different places where I’ve never been and meet new people while fitness enables me to feel happier by being healthier than I used to be since I used to live a sedentary lifestyle.
When you are young, you sacrifice health to gain wealth. As you grow older, you sacrifice wealth to gain back health. Health is wealth. Without a good health, how can you do the things that makes you happy? Take good care of your health and your health will take care of you especially during your old age.
The thrill of purchasing things fades quickly but the memories of experiences can last a lifetime. Don’t be consumed by consumerism. Live a life. Travel more. But do not forget your future. You need to save and invest. Spend more in travels and not on material things.
Material things may come and go but your memories on your trips will last forever. For travel enthusiasts, follow me at Instagram and let’s collaborate on more travel adventures.