"Do we really need it?"

I found a good article on the internet about stuff by Jeff Yeager. He wrote a book called, "The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road-map to True Riches."

Here's the quote I like:

"These days with the tight economy, you hear so much in the media about economizing. But that's almost always about "how to get more for less" ... how to clip a coupon or find a bargain. But I think we're missing what could be the golden epiphany of these hard times: We shouldn't be asking ourselves "How can we afford it?" We should instead be asking, "Do we really need it?" There's lots of social science that shows that once you're above poverty level, more money and more stuff doesn't contribute to happiness."

I think it's common for us to want more. It's hard to be out in the world and not be lulled and inspired to get more things. Ads on the radio, the internet, TV, newspapers and billboards are constantly telling us 'these are the things we need to be happy.' I saw an ad for a reissue of the Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main Street" and I excitedly thought, "I want that!" And then a quiet voice goes, "I already have it." It's hard not to be pulled in to the "If I just get this thing, then I'll be happy."

I was thinking about how quiet the world would be if there were no ads anywhere. I think it would be like somebody who lives right next to the busiest airport in the world and then the next day they move into a home in the woods. The quietness would be so loud. There would be a presence of quietness. I feel that when I get away from the city and go hiking. I'm walking on a dirt path, amidst some trees, under the big blue sky, and my mind settles down. The big loud sounds of the thoughts of my needs are gone. I'm left with the experience of where I am, and it's enough.

Jeff Yeager article