Material things are created to assist us in our everyday activities and in having the best experiences in life. Such experiences and memories of them are often the primary source of creativity, which significantly shapes the cultural development and can help us reach the stage of self-actualization.
We must act upon his warnings if our children, nation's future and founding principles -- subverted and still sullied by the legacies of slavery, Native American genocide, exclusion of women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral processes -- are to be saved.
The offices of Park Avenue psychiatrists are filled with people who have "everything" but feel empty inside. Philosophers and religious teachers have known this forever and research confirms it. Study after study shows that materialism is bad for wellbeing. It actually undermines happiness.
While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.
We live in a world where we all have a tendency to want instant gratification. We're upset when our computer is slow, our phone doesn't have a signal, or when our Netflix movie just isn't streaming right.
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As we are being bombarded with enticements that reach all the way into religious worlds, how can religious communities and their theologies escape being shaped by the neoliberal capitalist economy?
Living with gratitude and mindfulness will bring you more health and happiness. Seems to me that Thanksgiving -- and every day for that matter -- should be about appreciating the good that's present in our lives, not about the perfect dish, dining room, or light fixture.
Once upon a time, frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month.
"Mom, can I get a pair of UGGS? I've never had a pair in my whole life." Should I alert the media? My daughter has lived nine years without ever slipping her foot into an UGG boot! This is madness!
Given that true happiness begins with a modicum of material comfort but then depends on cultivating qualities of mind like contentment and caring, the purpose of economic development, in the Dalai Lama's view, can be found in furthering both goals.