Last update: January 29, 2017
In the society we live in, it is very easy to confuse material objects with happiness. In fact, it is often suggested to us that it is possible to obtain anything if one possesses material possessions. It is as if everything has a price and can be bought with coins or banknotes.
Despite this, is it really richer who has more possessions? From a certain point of view, it may be so, but if we talk about emotional wealth, its price is very different: those who are happier are able to enjoy the people who fill their life, the small everyday pleasures and the fruits that they have grown with their own efforts.
For this reason, the emotions that give meaning to our life are not valued in euros, dollars or pounds, but must be conquered. As we will see in our article today, there is a big difference.
Material goods are passengers
It is true that material goods make things easier for us in many situations and, very often, they can also give us happy moments. Despite this, in these cases it is a passing happiness: physical goods can free us of some vital necessities such as hunger or reduce the feeling of sadness for a while, but in the long term they cannot improve our psychological well-being.
For this reason, we must never forget how easy it is to become a slave to material goods and how important it is to tackle this problem. Pricing everything is a strategy to make life easier, but it's also very dangerous: seeing material goods as an end in itself is a clear sign of slavery.
In fact, it is not the possessions that one owns that defines a person. Simply judging others by what they have or do not have can make us see things from a false and usually reduced point of view as to what a person can offer.
"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts, are not only not indispensable, but indeed real obstacles to the moral progress of humanity"
-Henry D. Thoreau-
Be aware of what really matters and its spiritual value: conquer people, fall in love with the world and make it fall in love with you too. This is how you will get lasting happiness and sincere joy.
What really matters is priceless
What is the use of having all the gold in the world if you have no one to share it with sincerely? Charles Dickens explains this concept in his famous Christmas Carol: giving is much more rewarding than obsessing over accumulating something that, from a human point of view, does not fill us.
If we fight for our dreams, instead of paying for them, we will be much happier. In the future, it will also make us feel complete and satisfied with ourselves for understanding how far we can go to achieve our goals.
“What is the use of owning the stars? I need to be rich. And what's the use of being rich? To buy other stars "
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry-
The same happens when it comes to conquering a person, and not just for love: from parents to children, from friendships to loves. They too will realize how much it is to admire someone who values others: there is no better gift than giving your heart.
Happiness is not bought, it is conquered
Never doubt it and start conquering everything you know you can't buy but is available to you. We must forget the fear of leaving our comfort zone to offer the people we are, without limits, and to learn from those around us: in fact, those who have more money are not richer, but those who are satisfied with the person they are, for if and for others.
Obviously standing still and waiting for happiness to come by itself will certainly not make us happy: all conquests involve courage, a lot of love, audacity and some failure. Always remember that if you want to feel rich, you have to count everything you have that cannot be bought.
“Money can only buy material things, such as food, clothing and shelter, but it takes more. There are evils that cannot be cured with money, but only with love ”.
-Mother Teresa of Calcutta-