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The glitz and glam of Hollywood as portrayed in Western culture unforgivably showcases a standard of living that most Americans will never achieve. These unrealistic lifestyles projected onto the public mainly through television feature material objects like gorgeous condos, fancy cars, designer clothes and… money, and the importance of having it.

While this illusion is being projected onto the public through TV shows like The Real Housewives of New York City, or Keeping up with the KardashiansCNS News reported data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau showing that approximately 86 million private sector workers are supporting over 150 million Americans who are receiving some type of government benefit.

Clearly, there is a disconnect between reality and the influences presented by unrealistic societal norms.

It’s no wonder that a recent study conducted by San Francisco State University found that people are more inclined to spend money on material items rather than personal experiences in which memories are created. Even more interestingly, people are aware that creating memories outweighs material purchases in the satisfaction department; however, they still choose material items.

“People actually do know, and accurately predict, that life experiences will make them happier,” said Ryan Howell, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at SF State.

“What they really underestimate is how much monetary value they will get out of a life experience. Even though they’re told experiences will make them happier and they know experiences will make them happier, they still perceive material items as being a better value.”

Television, movies, social media and celebrities are all vehicles for advertisement. These advertisers have one objective, and it’s a financial one. Instead of portraying quality time spent with family, expensive material objects are viewed as sexy and a must-have, even if it means going into debt to obtain it.

Howell suggests that material items give people a sense of satisfaction simply because they’re tangible and usually have a set price. Memories, however, are much more difficult to measure with money. “We naturally associate economic value with stuff. I bought this car, it’s worth $8,000,” said Howell.

“We have a hard time estimating the economic value we would place on our memories.”

The study included surveyed individuals both before and after they made a purchase. “Prior to the purchase, respondents said they believed a life experience would make them happier but a material item would be a better use of their money,” reported Science Daily. “After the purchase, however, respondents reported that life experiences not only made them happier but were also the better value.”

“There were just huge underestimates in how much value people expected to get from their purchase,” Howell said. “It’s almost like people feel they will get no economic value from their life experiences and therefore they feel this tension in spending money on them.”

During an additional experiment, subjects were asked to prioritize value “when making a purchase gravitated toward material items, while those asked to prioritize happiness chose experiences.”

Of course, happiness means something different to everyone, but it’s an emotion or feeling that should be felt by all, and how you achieve it should come from within and not what you see on TV.

One of the biggest influences of happiness is your exposure to the great outdoors. A study conducted in the UK by the American Chemical Society found that those who spent more time in nature were far happier than city-dwellers. In addition to feeling happy, energy levels are boosted and our immune systems strengthen, resulting in an increase in one’s feelings of vitality and well-being.

“Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature,” said the study’s lead author, Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.

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Thought Adjuster

Posted January 2, 2014 By Mark

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Alabama, US of A, April 14, 2011.
Thought Adjuster. 
Subject: “What Will You Leave for Your Children?”

Received by Oscar.

Thought Adjuster: “Your media is doing a great disservice to the generation growing up in these times. The moral deterioration of humanity is becoming evident in what is projected on television. Your movies, your music, your television programs, your internet, and even your news, are focused on subjects which a few years ago would have been considered trivial, trite, reprehensible, and lacking in professionalism. The media is not the cause of the evils of humanity, merely a consequence, contributing by perpetuating the problems.

“How can one defend oneself from this bombardment of the absurd? The world requires examples of authentic lives. Develop your spirituality and live your lives dedicated to the will of the Father, so you can be examples to your peers. Develop authentic, sincere, and deep relationships with those around you, so they can feel inspired to follow you along the higher path. Be the peace in the middle of the storm so those who are confused by falsehood, and live under the weight of anxiety, may become motivated to ask for the source of that peace.

“You arrived at a time in your civilization when you have to decide if you will use the greater part of your resources and your time for self-satisfaction, or invest all in an effort to grow – what Michael called ‘fighting the good fight of the faith’. When a civilization cares only about self-gratification, it loses the momentum to keep evolving and it inevitably destroys itself. It happened in Mesopotamia, it happened in Greece, and it happened in Rome, to cite only a few examples. How is it that you don’t notice the symptoms of a historical disease that has been described in detail in your books and by your wise?

“The will of the Father will prevail in the end. It depends on you if you will continue on that path of growth, industry, exploration, philosophy, and true science, or if you will motivate your youth towards the easy pursuit of success and material rewards that are achieved with minimal effort. It is your choice to take one more step towards light and life in this world, or repeat another cycle of regression and re-discovery.

“The world needs adventurers and explorers who will dedicate their lives to find something beyond themselves to produce something that perhaps only the succeeding generations may enjoy, as you are able to enjoy the many comforts available today. What will you leave for your children at your departure from this world?”

© The 11:11 Progress Group. 
We are each other at our spiritual Root Source – ABC-22, January 1972.

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