I am More Materialistic Than I Thought!

I recently took this Materialistic Value Survey for fun over at Beyond the Purchase and I was shocked that my results for being materialistic was double the average. I will admit that I do want more than I currently have. Who doesn’t! One of the questions that may have skewed my results was “Do you admire people who own material possessions?” I do admire people who have possessions they can afford, not people who can’t afford the possessions they have. There’s a big difference. Not only do I admire people who have things they can afford, I am fascinated by them.

When someone has worked their whole life to accomplish what they want, and obtained it legally, that’s impressive. I should also mention, and they’re happy! Even more impressive!

I do think about money a lot! My fiancé is probably sick of hearing me talk about money, saving, budgeting and so forth. It’s a good thing I discovered blogging. This is a great outlet to get it out, especially for the days he doesn’t want to hear it.

Looking back on my life, I’ve always been fascinated with how people handle their money and how they got to where they are financially. I remember when my niece was younger and I told her to go read a book and she went through my collection of books and said “all your books are about God and money.” I remember thinking is that a good or bad thing and maybe I need to start reading some other books.

4 comments

  1. Jon Rhodes says:

    Money is important, but it isn't everything. You can be rich and miserable. You do have to make sure you have good relationships with family and friends in order to be truly happy.

    I remember an Arnie quote about money that you might like…

    "Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."

    lol!

  2. When it comes to sound finances, materialism can be dangerous! Your readers might like to Google an article by Prof. Barry Schwartz called "Consumption Makes Us Sad? Science Says We Can Be Happy With Less." Here's an excerpt to pique interest:

    "…there is reliable research indicating that people who…have what we might call materialist values are less satisfied with their lives than people who don’t. This is true even of materialists who are financially successful.”

  3. Jai Catalano says:

    When the numbers add up he won't be sick of you talking about the topic. My wife actually loves me more for talking about money so much now.

  4. cmwywec says:

    @ Jon, I completely agree! God, family, friends, then money. It also wouldn't be fun to be rich and lonely.

    @ Kurt, values based on materialism would definitely make anyone unhappy, because there has to be a foundation of substance. God has to come before things. Thanks for the article, interesting read.

    @ Jai, I'll be sure to tell him that.

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