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Don’t Buy It, Be Happy – But What’s Nature Got to Do with It?

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

SunKiss Life - December Edition

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Don’t Buy It, Be Happy

From our perspective we live in a consumer-driven society and that’s essentially how the economy works. Excluding Bhutan, that has chosen to measure progress by tracking happiness, our current system is hyper focused on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which measures how much money a country makes rather than the well-being of people and the planet.

Except, when we are encouraged to consume to keep the wheels of the economy spinning, the things we buy can end up being a burden. This happens when instead of spending precious time on things that truly make us happy, we end up spending time on taking care of our possessions. Studies have shown that buying lots of “things” diminishes our wellbeing, and chances are that if you relieve yourself of the burden of ownership, you are likely to feel a lot better and freer. So, contrary to the common myth that consumerism equals happiness:

“Happy people buy less things and buying less things makes you happier.”

Yep, you read that right - buying less "stuff" will not likely turn you into a Scrooge; instead, it’s a definite win-win: