Jun 282011

Here’s is an interesting quote to think about as many of us pursue happiness —

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Dale Carnegie

In our great America and in all capitalistic societies, “stuff” dominates the landscape of people’s consciousness. People are bombarded with advertising that brainwashes them with a constant message of “buy more and you will be happy” — no amount of purchasing is ever enough. We are on a hamster wheel of consumerism 24 x 7.

I suggest something simple: take a complete hiatus from purchasing anything in the not-essential category for three months — no shoes, no shirts, no electronics, no decorating items, no songs for your iPod — just food and basic household supplies.

Decide to enjoy the things you already have. Most of us have more than enough but don’t realize it. Decide to stop thinking about buying anything, looking at stuff-to-buy on the web, reading ads about more stuff.  Not forever, just for three months — three months is not so long a vacation from consumerism.

I think you will learn something, or perhaps be reminded of something you already know but filed away in the backwater of your consciousness: You will have a lot more time. You will savor the things you already have. You will experience greater peace and tranquility. You will remember that stuff has next to nothing to do with happiness.

Please re-read the Dale Carnegie quote above once again. There is much wisdom there. To be truly happy, stop wishing for more, and savor what you already have. Being happy is a core catalyst to greater optimism.

I.M. Optimism Man

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