Excessive Consumerism is becoming the tool of happiness without letting us realize this.
Do you feel the wave of happiness when you buy new stuff, come back home hoarded with packets and walk across the aisles in a supermarket?
We all, more or less, have a desire to buy latest and cool stuff. Moreover, Advertising push us to desire more, to want to buy, and because it works so well, we end up buying way more than we need. It either get us into debt, or need us work more to earn more. Online shopping is no less culprit. It is so impulsive and addictive that it ends up emptying our bank accounts.
We don’t mind working long when we get enough money at the Month start to buy our Wish list items, which are more of materialistic nature.
And then we say “It needs 2 earning members to run a family of 4 these days“, which was not the case if we go 20-30 years back.
We are trying to support a more expensive lifestyle working so hard in order to buy so much and ending up burdened and cluttered.
Though we look at label price while buying but its the sum of our Time, efforts that goes into Organizing, Fuel and other resources. Excessive Consumerism is the habit created with time and therefore breaking it doesn’t happen overnight but gradually, with a conscious effort.
Here’s how I am trying to break this habit of excessive consumerism and you can too:
- I stopped going to Malls for my Shopping needs but rather try to look for individual shops.
- I try not to head Supermarket store every now and then but only once in a Month.
- I do not carry my credit card along.
- I asked my Husband to stop me whenever I set my eyes on something in the window.
- I keep organizing my shelves to get an account of the things I already have which otherwise remains hidden.
- I do not watch Shopping TV channels.
Rather, I hardly watch TV for my entertainment needs but I will not go into that here and keep that discussion for some other day.
Buy a bigger house, and you need more furniture and large interiors. Get a Home theater system and you need a couch. Get a new dinner set and you will need more storage space. It never ends. The more you get the more you want.
If excessive consumerism wouldn’t be there, Minimalism would not have been designed. Rejecting and overcoming consumerism is a daily battle.
Remember- We were created to accomplish things greater rather than only consume.
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