We own too much stuff sometimes and that is the moment to stop and re-evaluate our behaviour and do something about it.
We (people who live in developed countries) can have everything that we want, almost immediately.
I fancy chocolate, I go to buy it. I want a barbeque and a ball pool, I buy them.
So we start to collect stuff and for example, in U.S. their level of happiness is declining since the era of consumption started in the 1950s.
In addition, reports show us that the average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago.
We are walking around the city and do not think twice to acquire something new that we might not need.
There are lots of reasons. Maybe we just have the desire to have something that we really like so our self-esteem grows.
Perhaps is about ego, trying to stand out with the appearance. New car, new phone.
Sometimes, it is also about social identity. Meaning that if we wear a particular hat, a specific style, we belong to a movement or social class.
In addition, social pressure is also a reason. Not just teenagers suffer that, it can be at work or at the gym.
Sometimes we can say – oh! Kids can be so cruel! Well, adults can also be cruel. And the way they look at can make us feel under pressure.
We also can make people own too much stuff. Last week I had a party and the hosts told me to bring something.
They were organising an amazing dinner for a bunch of people. So depending on the size or price of my present, it will show my level of gratitude and the importance of my relationship with them.
It is also important to mention, addiction and anti-anxiety behaviour. It works just like drugs, although it doesn’t damage your body.
Shopping gives us satisfaction and relaxes the minds (just for a moment) of someone who is not having good times, and this is one of the ways to cover that.
This can be dangerous because if the person can’t control their emotions, bankruptcy can happen.
We can choose a frugal life. This means that we are determined to a wasteless life and without wastefulness.
We are prudent with our savings and plan to invest for a future. It doesn’t mean we have to be cheap. It depends on what we want, our priorities.
Make a list of what are your needs to be happy, you only live once and then be firm about it.
No luxuries, no whims, not too much stuff. It is not easy to have a frugal life. But definitely, it’s a good way of spending less and save more.
It seems if we own too much we can’t be very happy. Because in the end to have possessions is not the goal of any life.
If we reduce our shopping, we will save more and we will have the possibility to invest so we can be able to retire and relax.
Does anyone want to work hard then they are 70 years old? Not me.
In addition, consuming less will also affect positively our environment. Moreover, learn to share, understanding us it is very crucial.
We can know what kind of needs we have and set our goals. Don’t let the temptations be stronger.
A curiosity is that the middle class normally live beyond their means. So if being rich is our goal, we need to spend less on depreciating liabilities. Start investing. And embrace life.