It's a fact that the more stuff we have, the more stress we experience. Our possessions own us instead of the other way around. In addition to stressing ourselves, the "buy buy buy" bug kills the environment -- placing undue stress on the earth from cradle to grave -- resources to make the items, resources to maintain the items, and landfills to dispose of items. On April Fool's Day, it seems we are all fools, some more than others!
I recently read about a PBS television show called Affluenza, a show about the "modern-day plague of materialism." Following are some scary statistics from the show:
Americans shop six hours a week while spending only forty minutes playing with their children.
By age 20, we've seen 1 million commercials.
Recently, more Americans declared bankruptcy than graduated from college.
To read more about the show, click here: http://www.pbs.org/kcts/affluenza/
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