If we didn’t believe that we needed certain things to be valuable, attractive, happy and worthy of love, then our economy would collapse. And it’s okay to enjoy some of the material indulgences out there—you are human, after all, and that means you live in a body that gets to taste good food, enjoy nice massages, feel the touch of nice fabrics against your skin and hike a remote volcano in Hawaii. I’m certainly not suggesting we should all stop experiencing things (and thereby stop purchasing things). I am, however, insisting that everybody realizes they don’t need most of the things they chase and cherish to feel valuable. You should know you can be happy without something, and only then can you really appreciate it, without feeling beholden to it. Here are things we give too much importance to, the world over.
Studies have actually found that there is a specific income range within which people are happy. To break it down simply, you need to be able to cover your basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, utilities) to be happy. But if you have enough money to, say, buy a jet, you’ll probably end up unhappy, stressed out and feeling disconnected.