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How To Stop Being Materialistic [Escape Materialism Now]

How To Stop Being Materialistic [Escape Materialism Now]

How do you stop your materialistic attitude to life, so that you become happier? In this article, we will discuss giving up materialism so that you can enjoy its positive psychological effects. Read more…

What is Materialism?

Materialism includes the following:

  • Collect stuff
  • To collect money
  • Paying attention to your appearance and being insecure about it
  • To want to be part of a group
  • Get status

What do people regret most? Indeed… materialism

Do you know what life choices most people regret most when they are on their deathbed? That they have placed too much value on materialistic matters, such as their appearance and whether they ‘belong’. They have not lived a free life because materialism limited them.

The tips on materialism, from the perspectice of people who are about to die

The tips below are not from ‘just anyone’ but they are the life advice of (young) people on their deathbed. Ordinary people of all ages who deeply regret all the small and big nonsensical materialistic concerns they had.

Just look at the words below from a 27-year-old woman on her deathbed that went viral on Facebook:

It is strange to realize and accept that you are 27 years old and that you are mortal. It’s just one of those things you ignore in everyday life. The days are ticking by and you just expect them to keep coming; until the unexpected happens.

I always imagined getting old, wrinkled and gray, probably that idea was caused by the lovely family (lots of kids) I planned to build with the love of my life. That I so loved doing it so much pain.

That’s life; it is fragile, precious and unpredictable, and every day is a gift, not a given right. I am now 27 years old. I do not want to go. I love my life. I am happy … but the control is out of my hands.

I just want people to stop worrying about life’s little meaningless tensions and I want people to try to remember that we all have the same fate after all of this, so do what you can to make your time worthy and great feel without the bullshit.

1 – Don’t complain about ridiculous insignificant things: Save your f * cks for what really counts

whining about bullshit

You might have ended up in a traffic jam today … or you had a bad night’s sleep because your beautiful babies were keeping you awake … or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails may have a splinter, your breasts are too small or you have cellulite on your butt and your belly is wobbling.

Do you know how stupid it is for someone dying next week to worry about that one blemish on their body? You know how much they wish they never bothered about that?

Let go of all that shit … Dying people swear you won’t think about that when it’s your turn to go. It’s all so unimportant when you look at life as a whole.

I watch my body get wasted right in front of my eyes, without being able to do anything about it and all I want now is to have one more birthday or Christmas with my family, or one more day with my partner and dog . One more day.
– A 27-year-old on her deathbed

Are you about to whine about ridiculous things again? Then consider someone who is really facing a serious problem. Be grateful for your little problem and fix it or accept it. It’s good to recognize that something is annoying, but don’t go through with it or bother others with it.

In other words:

2 – Step outside and breathe

Done whining about ridiculous things? Then step outside, bathe in nature and get a good dose of fresh air deep in your lungs, deep in your lungs, see how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do that – breathe .

3 – Don’t be obsessed with your body, just be grateful for what you can do with your body

thick are materialism

Dying people hear people complain about how awful the work is or how difficult it is to exercise. Those dying people  will  soon not even have a body! Be grateful  that you can do that physically. Working and moving may seem so trivial … until your body no longer allows you to do either.

Appreciate the good health you have and your functioning body – even if it’s not your ideal size. Take care of it and embrace how great it is. Move it and feed it fresh food. Don’t be obsessed with it.

Be grateful for every day when you are not in pain and even the days when you are sick with the flu, a sore back, or a sprained ankle. Accept it as shit, but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and it will go away.

4 – Have no mercy for bullshit

What is bullshit? Well, for example this:

  • Delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that make you feel nonsense about yourself. Be ruthless for your own well-being.
  • (A lot of) stuff is bullshit. Declutter.
  • Getting distracted is bullshit. Focus on what you want.

5 – Help each other more

do not help each other materialism

The dying say it over and over: give, give, give. It is true that you get more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. Dying people wish they did this more.

It’s weird to have money left over to spend at the end of the ride … when you’re dying. Those last days are not the time to buy material things that you would normally want, like a new dress. It makes you think how stupid it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

6 – Talk to your friends and be considerate of them

Talk to your friends. Put your phone down. Are they okay? Be considerate.

7 – Organize your life the way you want it

Work to live, don’t live to work. Seriously, do what makes your heart happy. Say no to things you really don’t want to do.

Also remember that if something makes you miserable, you have the power to turn it – into work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you have on this Earth, so don’t waste it feeling miserable.

On your luck!

About The Author


Hello! Thanks for reading these articles. My intention is to make happiness as simple and clear as posssible. By the way, excuse my English. I am not a native English speaker since I live in Amsterdam. Much appreciated if you use the comments to make suggestions on my grammar. See ya in another blogpost!