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The More You Want, the Unhappier You Are

EpicStockMedia/Thinkstock(WACO, Texas) -- Stuck on the Treadmill of Consumption?

That’s what Baylor University researchers Jo-Ann Tsang and James Roberts call it when people buy more and more stuff to make themselves happy but never get to the point of ever being happy.

The study by Tsang and Roberts attempts to learn why materialists are less happy than those who achieve gratification by helping others.

Simply put, they concluded that materialism focuses on trying to get what you don’t have instead of concentrating on what’s already there.

Conversely, Tsang and Roberts agree with previous research that says people who feel grateful find more meaning in their lives.

So jump off the Treadmill of Consumption and start expressing gratitude.

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