Consumerism is the new religion of the developed world. Feeling blue? Go buy something, they tell us, you’ll feel better. Already happy? Great, go celebrate by buying something else. Advertisers sell shopping as a hobby, a pastime, like playing tennis. And when your garage gets full, and there’s no place to park the car, no worries… for a small monthly fee you can rent a storage unit. But with all these possessions, are we any happier? It sure doesn’t seem so. Social scientists now tell us that experiences, not possessions, make us happier over the long haul. Pretty, shiny things…
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