Why materialism is linked to depression

3 years ago

It's not really a shocker that materialism is tied to depression, is it? 

So when I ran across this article, "Materialistic people 'more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied'" I thought, this is news?

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275044.php

But there were some interesting take-aways:

1. The lead author of the research in the article says that "gratitude is a positive mood that is about other people rather than ourselves." I guess I've never thought of gratitude as a mood. I also don't typically think of it as being about other people. I normally just think to myself: "Quit whining! Appreciate what you've got!"

2. The co-author of the study said, "As we amass more and more possessions, we don't get any happier,  we simply raise the reference point." He calls it the "Treadmill of Consumption."

3. Past research has found that adolescents with lots of gratitude and low levels of materialism have less depression, low envy, high life satisfaction and social integration.

 

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