Materialism can lead to depression

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“Only the best.” We all know that person who must have “only the best.” But satisfaction of material longings does not create happiness. New research shows that individuals driven by material acquisition are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life.

Gratitude = Happy

According to new research, materialistic people find it more difficult to be grateful for what they have, which causes them to become miserable. The lead author, Jo-Ann Tsang, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University explained that gratitude is a mood that is all about other people, shifting focus away from ourselves. “Previous research that we, and others, have done finds that people are motivated to help people that help them, and to help others as well,” she noted. “We’re social creatures, and so focusing on others in a positive way is good for our health.”

But materialistic people can’t be grateful, too me-centered

People who are interested in accumulation tend to be “me-centered.” They focus on what they don’t have and what they want rather than being grateful for what they do have. This includes family, home, livelihood – everything. For this study, of the 246 people surveyed, those who rated low on gratitude and high on need satisfaction were more likely to be materialistic and less satisfied with life. “As we amass more and more possessions, we don’t get any happier, we simply raise our reference point,” explained co-author James Roberts, of Baylor University Hankamer School of Business. “That new 2500-square foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house. It’s called the ‘Treadmill of Consumption.’ We continue to purchase more and more stuff but we don’t get any closer to happiness, we simply speed up the treadmill.”

Source: Personality and Individual Differences, MedicalNewsToday

 
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