The pleasure traps

People say they know money can’t buy happiness. But many don’t truly believe it.
Still, more studies reveal that despite higher incomes, better food, more white goods, more overseas holidays, bigger houses, better health care and shorter working weeks, we are no more happy than people in the 1950s.
That’s because happiness is better equated with satisfaction with our lives, and finding meaning in them, than seeking material pleasures.
Seeking constant pleasure is an exercise in futility that leads to boredom. The novelty wears off.
Psychologists call it “declining marginal utility’’ but it’s just life.
If we’re trying to find pleasure all the time we’re probably in denial because life isn’t simple, joy is elusive, and it’s perhaps found in places where we haven’t been looking.


4 thoughts on “The pleasure traps

  1. Whether money can buy happiness depends on what it is that makes you happy.

    Otherwise……perhaps the churches’ constant demands for tithing and other contributions are made with the aim of increasing their ‘suffering for Jesus’??

    At worst, money it makes misery far more comfortable and enjoyable.


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