Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied

Posted on April 17, 2014

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New research explores the fact that materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life.

The study finds that a focus on what you want - and therefore don't currently have - makes it more difficult to appreciate what you already have, according to the Baylor University research.

The researchers found that people who were more materialistic also felt less gratitude which, in turn, was associated with lower levels of life satisfaction.

Our ability to adapt to new situations may help explain why 'more stuff' doesn't make us any happier.

As we amass more and more possessions, we don't get any happier - we simply raise our reference point.

That new 2,500-square-foot house becomes the baseline for your desires for an even bigger house.

It's called the Treadmill of Consumption.

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