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Posted on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 14:27

"Ma·te·ri·al·ism: preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations" 

 

You know who they are.  They flaunt their possessions, luxuries, and things they have acquired.  Once they have possessions they seek even more in an endless thirst for even more material goods and bragging rights.  They want the latest gadgets, nice cars, big houses, fine dining, and more, more, more.  They have become slaves to the very things they obtained.  But do you really know them?  A review of the literature by Christopher, Saliba, and Deadmarsh have shown that materialistic people "possess" more negatives than positives.  Citing research throughout the years, they pointed out that materialistic people:

--are less satisfied with the quality of their relationships.
--see their marriages as suffering from financial problems.
--are liked less by their peers.
--are less happy.
--rarely satisfied with their possessions and seek more.
--score negatively on well-being.
--are correlated with negative emotions.
--feel less competence, autonomy, and gratitude.
--tend to be more depressed, socially anxious, and personally insecure.
--lack life satisfaction and meaningfulness in life.
--are poor at relating to others.
--are stuck in self-defeating cycles.
--suffer from a feeling of loss of control in their lives.

It reminds me of the John Ruskin quote, “Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.”


Source: Christopher, A. N., Saliba, L., & Deadmarsh, E. J. (2009). Materialism and well-being: The mediating effect of locus of control. Personality and individual differences, 46(7), 682-686.

 

 

 

 



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Athenashield
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Posted on Thu, Jul 04, 2013 06:53

Honestly money does not buy all the happiness but some , releases some levels of worry ,  enjoy life diffrent see things diffrent ...I was on both sides with and without ....and money does assist and helps life better in many aspects. So we are all in a way  materialistic to some extend as most of us have careers  acomplish a lot and yet we want more .... I will NOT be in a relashionship for financial aspects but I will always expect more from me and do more for myself (work that is). 



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Posted on Thu, Jul 04, 2013 02:08

Money does not buy happiness but it will buy a jet ski;have you ever seen an unhappy person on a jet ski?



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Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 23:55

I think that people confuse money as a gateway of some sort to happiness. You have to ask yourself, if you had nothing in the world, not a roof over your head, a car, a job, food, family, money, shoes on your feet.....would you still be happy sitting quietly listening to the sound of the rain? Watching the sun peak out of the clouds after a storm? Feeling the soft summer breeze brush through your hair? That is simplicity. That is gratitude. That is happiness. That is love. 

When you you can achieve happiness in simplicity, you discover true wealth doesn't cost a thing. Its the intangibles that are priceless.



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Posted on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 09:05

I'm having a big clear out at the moment. When I was away in Egypt in April people had so little out there and the first thing I realised when I got home is that I had soo much stuff. Things that I don't really need or use anymore. So I've been handing loads of items into the charity shops. Next on my list is to dispose of my 20 + lever arch files of my previous university work. I've tried to do this before but couldn't bring myself to do it.  However, hopefully this time I will.

 

We all get sucked into materialism. I love my iphone, I love shopping for clothes, shoes, bags etc. However, this may make you feel good for a little while. Long term happiness comes from within. Keeping yourself fit and healthy and surrounded with positive people helps to achieve this.

 

Sarah :-)



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Livnlov
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Posted on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 06:16

Quoting Orlando__:

"Ma·te·ri·al·ism: preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations" 

 

You know who they are.  They flaunt their possessions, luxuries, and things they have acquired.  Once they have possessions they seek even more in an endless thirst for even more material goods and bragging rights.  They want the latest gadgets, nice cars, big houses, fine dining, and more, more, more.  They have become slaves to the very things they obtained.  But do you really know them?  A review of the literature by Christopher, Saliba, and Deadmarsh have shown that materialistic people "possess" more negatives than positives.  Citing research throughout the years, they pointed out that materialistic people:

--are less satisfied with the quality of their relationships.
--see their marriages as suffering from financial problems.
--are liked less by their peers.
--are less happy.
--rarely satisfied with their possessions and seek more.
--score negatively on well-being.
--are correlated with negative emotions.
--feel less competence, autonomy, and gratitude.
--tend to be more depressed, socially anxious, and personally insecure.
--lack life satisfaction and meaningfulness in life.
--are poor at relating to others.
--are stuck in self-defeating cycles.
--suffer from a feeling of loss of control in their lives.

It reminds me of the John Ruskin quote, “Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.”


Source: Christopher, A. N., Saliba, L., & Deadmarsh, E. J. (2009). Materialism and well-being: The mediating effect of locus of control. Personality and individual differences, 46(7), 682-686.

 

 

 

 


All the noted points/list are the very reason they are materialistic - desperately trying to fill a void without fixing the cause of the void. It is a vicious cycle!

 

 

 

Liv.



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Posted on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 00:21

I suspect people don't realize they search for someone or material things to make them happy. Happiness starts from within.

If a person does not have joy 'within' themselves first..then happiness may elude them. It's a sad state of affairs.

As for me... God has a lot to do with the joy in my life. :)

 

 





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