They discuss the staggering frequency of commercials in daily life, how it’s easier to avoid than resist the temptation to shop, and the convincing argument that money and possessions don’t make people any happier.
Table of contents
[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch
[00:33] Interview with Dr. James Roberts
— [00:45] According to science, happiness doesn’t increase with spending or owning things
— [04:16] The media encourages us to shop, and it’s effective
— [05:12] Instead of being frugal or wasteful, try to be unconflicted
— [07:10] Commercials, product placements and unrealistic portrayals of life
— [09:48] Credit cards make you overestimate your available wealth
— [12:12] Perceived obsolescence
— [15:31] Several ways to avoid temptation instead of resisting it
— [21:39] Convince yourself that money and possessions won’t make you happier
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Updated June 24, 2016 and originally published December 4, 2011.