Ultulmatly no.. but I believe momentarlly they do... If they made a person happy than we would all be happy.. lil happy people around the world!! scary!
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Here's my thinking:
Watching anime makes me happy, so I buy lots of it. Is it the actual object (the DVD) that makes me happy, or is it the joy I get from watching it? Well, I can't enjoy watching anime if I don't have any to watch, and I wouldn't buy something that I wouldn't enjoy. So material things do make me happy, but only hand-in-hand with the feelings that they bring.
I don't need anything really expensive, but a good book and a cold drink always make me feel better.
Ich bin ein hund. Ich bin ein tefel hund!
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Well, I think everyone tends to be a bit materialistic at times...
I mean, since we have been raised to treasure certain possessions and such (e.g toys from childhood, family heirlooms or memorabilia), we have some inner unconscious psychological urge to fulfill the need of owning/possessing something... And thus, our level of satisfaction goes up a notch, when applied to a Marxist view...
This momentary happiness of acquiring something new diminishes as we get more and more accustomed to the object... That is why, we leave them aside or toss them away after a while because it becomes monotonous, and we, as humans, also have a constant motion towards change...
For me, there is that domineering problem of cash, and I have been saving bits and pieces ever since kindergarden and from some side jobs during grade school... Therefore, I constantly remind myself of the weight and value of money (which is an object in itself)... And when I see some things I really want, I contemplate on it several times first before I actually purchase it - striking out the pros and cons in the initial process...
This way, I do not regret my decision; and thus, wouldn't be wasting any money at all because I am certain that what I've bought would benefit and be of some positive value to me for the years to come.. whether it be a need or want...
To answer your question:
Yes, they do make me happy when I know for certain they are worth it...
But, material paraphernalia becomes depressing for me too when I realize that I've made a mistake trying to afford them...
Not really. Places like being outside by a river makes me happy or certain people make me happy, but not material items really. I mean, yeah, I enjoy typing on my laptop but that doesn't make my life complete or anything.
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I know who's heart it is to represent
I didn't pick it, but i let it grow
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It's undeniably very human, I suppose. We all get our dose of material craving. I, for instance, take delight in getting new shoes, or a new haircut (if that's not wierd enough^^). It's normal, just don't get obsessed with it
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I wouldn't say that teeming with material possessions makes me happy, but I suppose they do give me a sense of pleasure. Such a things, that which are transient in nature, for which one comes to surcease one's sole proprietorship only serve to offer fleeting happiness. In truth, they serve as bondages that tie one's existence in this mundane world, intruding one's way to true happiness.
That's just what I believe.