When we are happy, we make people around us happy as well. We have one life and we should live it to the fullest. Why shouldn’t we take the most expansive vacation, why shouldn’t we have the most expensive “toys”?
The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world. Americans are the most depressed people in the world, according to the World Health Organization. About one in five adults in the U.S. experiences some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
If piles of money could buy happiness, Tiger Woods would be the happiest man alive. We constantly buy stuff, if we don’t buy stuff we buy “experiences”. We work hard; we never have time for ourselves, our families and friends. If we don’t have the money, we borrow, and spend the money we don’t have on the things we don’t need.
When you look around the poker table and you can’t tell who is the sucker – it is you. As soon as you open the magazine, or start watching a blockbuster movie you see the product marketing at its best. Corporations are making record profits, but the salaries of the workers remained stagnant since 2000 and many well-paying jobs are disappearing.
The most expensive vacation will not make you happy if you are stressed about other things, if you are angry or dissatisfied. Spend the money you have wisely. Be free. Get out of the consumerist lifestyle. Fill your life with what really matters: peace of mind, good relationships, the work you love, exercise…
What about the peer pressure? We admire rich, we follow famous. We deserve what we get. We have the power to change our lives: find better peers, better friends, better work. It is not easy, but we can do it! The problem is sometimes we don’t pay enough attention to see where the problem is coming from, we don’t trust our friends and family with a good advice they give. We think they don’t understand, we get upset.
My advice- give a benefit of a doubt to your friends and family- cut the problem thing or person out of your life for 4-6 months and see what happens. Pay attention. Are you a better, more fulfilled person without it? See if the quality of your life improves, then make a decision if you want that “trouble” thing back in your life.