• Carol Keesey

Your "stuff" isn't making you happy

Updated: May 6, 2021

Yes, I said it! And I'll prove to you why you won't find happiness in the things that you buy.

There is an 80 year old ongoing research study by Harvard University to understand what makes a good life, and Americans have had a significant decrease in their happiness level during this 80 year period. This tells us a lot about the way we live our lives and proves we have a misconception about what we think makes us happy but actually doesn't.

50 years ago we didn't have access to a lot of the things that we do today. Buying wasn't as easy as it is today and electronics weren't really a thing, yet the research shows that people were happier then. That tells us that stuff is not what makes us happy.

“Compared with their grandparents, today’s young adults have grown up with much more affluence, slightly less happiness and in fact a much greater risk of depression and all kinds of social pathology.” David Meyers – The American Paradox

All the extra stuff that we’re getting like iPads, smartphones, smartwatches, video games, etc, is not actually making us much happier...it's quite the opposite. The worst kinds of "stuff" are the things we buy, rather than experiences, for example.

I'll talk more about that in another post, but for this one, I just want to raise awareness about all the stuff that you have hanging around your house. Many of the things that you brought home with the intention of making you happy, do not actually do that for you.

It's time to curate your home, edit your space and do an intentional declutter. Make space for the things that matter in life, things that can actually increase happiness.

Learn more about increasing your happiness here.

See you in the next post,



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About the author: Carol is a journalist, currently earning a Master’s Education in Positive Psychology. She has a passion for all things organization and has been working as a professional organizer for the past 6 years, helping families and individuals live a more purposeful and productive life.

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