This post is all about the reasons why buying stuff won’t make you happy. Well this may seem a little contradictory to our philosophy here at Shop Happens, but hold your horses because we are going to discredit each and everyone of these points. So here are some of the most common disclaimers of retail therapy and below are our reasons why they are just plain stupid.
Five Reasons why stuff won’t make you happy.
They begin to fade.
All possessions are temporary by nature and eventually they will spoil, fade and perish.
Well yes, possessions do begin to fade, we agree, but so does everything else. Nothing lasts forever, people die and love fades and chances are you will have some deep downs throughout the course of your life. In which you may need a small pick-me-up. Retail therapy will always be there for you.
Each purchase adds extra worry to our lives.
Every physical item we bring into our lives represents one more thing that can be broken, scratched, or stolen.
If we are going by this philosophy maybe we should consider the fact that like possessions people are stolen, scratched and broken. Your brand new Louie’s can be replaced when you loose them but a person is much harder to replace. They don’t sell clones of people at David Jones. Shoes on the other hand come by the thousands.
Our purchases cost us more than we realize.
Eventually all those things you bought to make you happy will add up and eventually you will realise that you should have spent them on something more than just clothes and shoes.
Luckily for us ebay was invented and we can go right ahead and sell the things we have bought (and don’t like any more) for some extra cash, we will probably use to buy more bags, shoes and clothes. (in order to make us feel better)
It won’t Last
The happiness you feel right now, won’t last very long and eventually you will feel worse for purchasing whatever you did.
Umm NO. Every time you buy something new the feeling lasts a while, it fades a little bit sure but there is always more to buy. It doesn’t need to be much, stationary sometimes makes me happy. Whenever you use or wear whatever you bought you will feel grateful for what you own. Psychologists say that women are more emotionally attached to their clothes. So every time you look at an old dress that you wore, on a date that you had a blast on… it will be harder to throw away. Essentially feelings of happiness do last for the things we have bought.
Experiences make us happier than possessions.
All research points to the fact there are far more effective way to find happiness.
But how do we become happy in those experiences. Have you ever gone to a party feeling like shit because you had nothing to wear and you don’t feel comfortable or attractive in whatever you are wearing. Yes, most people have and that’s because without the confidence that retail therapy most often provides, you cannot enjoy certain moments in your life.