- New devices
- New cars
- New tunes
The obsession with new and wanting more of better is only as good as its objective: to increase happiness. Most of the time, it’s the emotional desire that needs to be fulfilled rather than the utility of the product.
Materialism scratches the itch and brings initial happiness but perpetuates dissatisfaction in the long-run.
But what if you repurchase the exact same product to replace the one you lost or beat up? It’s not exactly recycling but at least the product means something to you, in either utility or comfort.
What’s new is only needed if it’s desired again, to replenish what’s essential to one’s well-being. Meanwhile, rereading the same book can change your life over and over again.