Happiness is not about buying new things, but about appreciating the things we have.
When I look around, it seems to me that everyone is more motivated to make a buck than enjoy life. I am not going to argue that money isn’t necessary to live in the city. If you decide to live off the land somewhere in the wild, you can avoid money altogether. But since you are reading this post online, you live in civilization and need money at least to pay for internet service and a computer to read it on. So there is a use for money. I am not a judge of how much money one has to have or spend. This is not what the post about.
What this post is about is appreciation for what we have. Every week I donate stuff to people in need, but in order for me to donate stuff I don’t need, first I have get it. So my wife and I work very hard in order to buy things today so we can donate them tomorrow when we discover later that something so cool at the moment becomes useless very soon.
In my life I have developed a theory about buying things: if you can afford it and it makes you feel good, without buyer’s remorse, buy it. That’s what money is for in the first place. But first, assign a value to it–not a financial value but an emotional value–so you can be happy with it not only during the purchase but for a longer period of time. If over a longer period of time you can appreciate it and love it, then it will not be just another item that must be donated a week later.
If it is an expensive item, I save money for it and take a bit longer before buying it, not because I cannot afford it, but so I can appreciate it more during and after its purchase.
So let’s start appreciating things we have today. That’s what may make us a little bit happier tomorrow.