Tim Kasser: How to Let Go of Materialism

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From: Scientific American Mind (New York, NY) –

Money can’t buy happiness, but placing less value on the things it can buy may improve your mental health. The longest ever study on this topic finds that becoming less materialistic leads to more contentment in life—and suggests ways to get to that happy place…

A group of adolescents from the U.S. joined a program designed to lessen the value they place on materialistic goals… They were also encouraged to clarify their intrinsic values (such as self-growth, closeness with friends and family, and contributing to the community)… “Intrinsic goals tend to be ones that promote greater well-being and act as a kind of ‘antidote’ to materialistic values,” says Tim Kasser, one of the study’s authors and a psychology professor at Knox CollegeRead more…