Friday, 19 December 2014

You don't need to buy this

7 comments:

anexactinglife.com said...

Good video. Once before I came across the concept of limiting your "lifestyle growth" like the graduate student did. That concept had a big effect on me. To decide on a standard of living you want and just STAY THERE, as opposed to always being upwardly mobile - for me, that is the key.

Gam Kau said...

ExactingL - beware hedonic adaption! So many people look back to their uni days and recall how happy they were with cheap wine and stick furniture. Very difficult to resist the powers to upward mobility.

Bmore Bungalow said...

I agree with Exacting, that's the key. My husband and I have decided on a standard we like, and no matter how much more money we make, we stay there. This seriously reduces our stress, and we're not constantly thinking about stuff we want but can't afford.

pao said...

Even my true love watched it.

Gam Kau said...

Pao - he is quite engaging to view isn't he?

BB - that's the key isn't it? But I think easier said than done for most.

Shelley said...

I finally had the time to sit and listen to this. Bill has gone for a long distance walk (it's a club) and I have the house to myself. I am reasonably good at buying nly what I need, until Christmas when I indulge others their wishes - within a reasonably small budget. I make some of my gifts and whilst the textiles are more appreciated by some than others, everyone seems to like the flavoured alcohols and the spice cakes! I enjoyed this man's accent as well as the wisdom of his words. I think I work pretty steadily at relationships and the 'intellection' (never met that word before) seems to be my nature. Community participation isn't something I've done much of (if any). I think of supporting my local craft groups that do a variety of charity work as a small piece of this, but I realise the picture is much bigger. I'm looking for 'my own Calcutta' - a quote from Mother Theresa, via Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home... Do you have yours by any chance?

Gam Kau said...

Shelley - no, I haven't found "my own Calcutta", though not for lack of thought. I tend to do too much mulling and not enough action.