3 Easy Ways To Break Free From Materialism.
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Today we will be talking about materialism and the easiest ways to break free from it. so I'll start off this blog post by defining materialism.
What is materialism?
According to yourdictionary.com materialism is the philosophy that everything can be explained in terms of matter, or the idea that goods and wealth are the most important things. An example of materialism is explaining love in terms of material things or valuing a new car over friendships.
A materialistic person must have everything, their self-worth is rooted in what they have. Acquiring wealth or material things makes them feel important. I believe if you are materialistic the desire to get more and more never ends, it makes you hungry every time.
Some people have the knack for accumulating wealth but they don't let it define them. We need to have more character than what a handbag, shoes, or car can give us.
Look, It is not a sin to want a good life. I mean, living in a well-furnished house, driving your dream car, going on vacation in any country of your choice. It's okay to have these things but it doesn't have to control our existence.
To be honest, I don’t think there are people who don't love nice things that money can buy. We all want a stress-free life, right? But, if you’re obsessed with just the stuff that you have and things you want to acquire, all you think, or deeply care about is money or luxury items and how you can own or acquire them, then that's when materialism begins to set in.
What causes materialism?
We are becoming materialistic because with each passing day we give less importance to emotions and sentiments but create a bigger room for material things. The less we care about emotions, the more materialistic behavior dominates our minds.
For instance, as soon as the child starts growing up, and starts understanding what people say and talk, his parents start motivating him to do a certain task by offering him some toy or chocolate or stationary in return for it. The kid never understands the basic objective behind the task he has done because all the time he was doing it for the prize.
People have become selfish. They cannot confide their selfishness with emotions and feelings, but can definitely do that with material things.
The benefit of being materialistic is that it makes you miserable, both in this life and the next. And what’s the benefit of being miserable?
How do you break free from materialism?
1. Limit Your Intake Of Ads.
Yes, as soon as advertisement stops, materialism falls. Advertisements are created by people who understand human psychology and hence drive human desire towards wanting something. Think of slogans such as ‘get noticed or you're worth it’s created by marketers and here you get a feel of how humans can be manipulated into wanting something that they don’t need.
Media glamorizes materialism and hence we have this vicious cycle of want.
2. Be Contented With Your Stage In Life.
Do not expect to have what others worked for decades with just a snap of your finger. This has landed so many of us into unexpected, unplanned situations; some get into debts while some persons lose their lives or self-esteem in the process. Do not compare someone’s finishing point to your starting point.
It is okay to want more or to acquire more but just knows that there’s a thin line between greed and success drive. And also realize that a selfish and excessive desire for material things can lead to massive destruction.
Finally, those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people to ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:9
3. Approach Items Like A Relationship.
If items are approached like relationships then we’ll learn how to choose wisely and not consume or opt-in for everything that looks pleasing to the eyes.
Just like we choose people who stay in our lives, people who impact good energy, positivity, and not toxicity, we should learn to choose wisely before acquiring things.
Not all that glitters is GOLD.
I hope this post helps you deal with materialism. If you have any suggestions, please do leave them in the comment section below.
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