When the pursuit of happiness gets jumbled up with the pursuit of material things, the outcome will never be a good one. Change the attitude and you can change the world as you know it.
Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, both noted authors, were once at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island in New York. Vonnegut made a comment that their host made more money in one day than Heller has made in a lifetime on his book, Catch-22. Heller responded by saying that he has something that their host can never have... "The knowledge that I have enough."
Everyone can take a page out of Heller's book. While meeting basic needs and having a sense of financial control contribute to our overall well-being, there comes a time when a line needs to be drawn in the sand. Enough is enough so look around and just appreciate it.
Thinking that the more one has, then the happier they will be brings on its own no-win situation. The relentless search for more will never be satisfied. When circumstances are such that you have to make do with less, then you will be left obsessing over the sorry state of things.
With a change in perspective, the scales tip more towards the center and your surroundings will not be filled with all of the wreckage from the endless chase. By choosing worthwhile pursuits, you can easily sidestep your own Catch-22 and be perfectly content with the knowledge that you probably have enough too.
For more information on this topic, visit Why We Don't Need Material Things by Jacob Malewitz, Yahoo Contributor Network.