Better Than Money

You don’t really pay for the things you buy with money. You pay for them with the days of your life. Every time you make a purchase you commit yourself to time spent at work to make the money to pay for it. Do you ever ask yourself, “would I rather have this new coat […]

Victor Lebow: A Chilling Foretelling

For those of you who may not have read the now infamous and important statement by Victor Lebow written in the 1950s, I have presented it here. “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our […]

The Hedonic Treadmill and the Endless Circle of Desire

Most of us are familiar with a phenomenon referred to as “The Hedonic Treadmill”. This occurs when there is something you really desire, maybe a new car, a new job, or a pay raise. We experience a short term rise in happiness when we finally achieve it. Sadly though, this doesn’t last. Soon, what was […]

Life is Finite. When You Truly Get This, You Truly Begin to Live.

We all talk about it. We all spout platitudes about it. Death. But there comes a point in our lives when we truly “get it”. It is a time of facing your own mortality. For some it comes with age. For some it comes from a brush with death. For others it is association with […]

How To Be Unhappy: Buy More Stuff

Look in your closet. Now imagine that every item in there had a string tied to it at one end and to you at the other. Now think of everything you own, in every room, closet, drawer, cupboard, and box, all with strings connecting you to them. Now try to walk away. There is an […]

G.R.O.S.S. = Get Rid Of Some Stuff

It’s funny how things come full circle. When I was younger, my life focused on acquisition. The list of things I wanted seemed endless. But as I became older and came to own more and more and more stuff, a funny thing happened…or didn’t happen. I didn’t become happier. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I didn’t […]

How Much Is Enough?

Humans have been hunter gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, millions of years in our complete evolutionary history. Each day we awoke with our empty bellies telling us urgently to get up and search for food. To ignore this meant to risk death. In recent history we have mastered acquisition of resources to such […]

Be Less Productive

  [Tweet “Maybe We Need To Be Less Productive…”]   A search for information on how to be more productive will return tens of millions of hits. It seems counter intuitive to want to be less productive, but I’m coming to believe that this is just what we need. Even my dog seems to be […]

Gratitude

  He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus   Gratitude is perhaps the most power force for life change available to each of us. Every expert on positive psychology recommends it. What does it really mean to […]