Minimalism means different things to different people. For me, it is way of living where we focus on what’s important to us and let go of what’s distracting us from our priorities. Too much useless crap will stir up confusion, stress and frustrations in our mind. But then, why people desperately cling on negative thoughts, toxic relationships and material possessions that serve no purpose? Maybe those thoughts and kind of relations bring them a (false) sense of security and the worst of all things: comfort. But, what about material possessions?
It turns out that acquiring things is part of our survival instinct. Really, our brain did not evolve as quickly as our societies. According to Dr. Ryan Howell from the San Francisco State University, our ancestors always grabbed everything that could be useful because it was very likely they wouldn’t come across that item again.
Another reason is that people actually buy feelings and identities. Not things. Buying a Rolex, an Ipad or a Porsche will surely bring you individual significance. You will feel like you really matter and will associate the object’s value to your identity. For example, the Rolex will make you feel classy, rich and important. So, it’s really all about feelings and emotional needs.
Last reason that I found is this familiar concept called retail therapy. For some people, shopping will give them a feeling of control and other positive emotions. They can decide what to buy and what not to buy. However, this mood boost is only temporary. Remember how happy you were when you got your new phone or laptop a year ago? What about now?
To conclude, I want you to just take your time to think about this. Material possessions give us happiness. Sure. But only for a short period of time. I firmly believe that real happiness is found in human connection and experiences. Maybe you should invest in a dinner with your loved ones rather than on the latest TV model.