Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you the article that is not aimed at saving money, but more at saving lives.
Why do we buy things? And we do not just buy what we really need, like vegetables, fruits and water, no, we buy everything, but that (actually, we do not even need to buy it, we can just grow it). For what? You do not get any healthy nutrition from cereals or soda drinks, we do not get more transportation abilities from Mercedes automobiles compared to Ford cars, but for some mysterious reason we spend money, and we buy those products of human superior intelligence. By buying something fancy, we do not get satisfied, we still need more, newer, better, updated, with new sauce, clearer resolution, advanced graphics and so on. Why?
The books, novels, TV shows and real life stories have demonstrated that the abundant presence of money in your life does not make you happier… But what does? What is that? It is all about hormones, folks. We do not need any Ferrari cars, big houses, successful careers, soda drinks, new computers, popularity, power or anything that is sold through TV commercials and beyond that. All we desperately call for are Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, Phenylethamine, Ghrelin and that is it. And the irony is that we have plenty of those worldly goods inside our bodies. The real question is how to extract them out of there to feel good. I do not really know, but let us build a formula of extraction of the hormone of happiness for free right now, right in this article. What do we need to get? We require happiness, which will be called (H) in our formula. How do we usually get (H)? It is usually based on the sum of two notions, one of which is expectation (E). Usually, we expect something to happen and when it happens, we feel happy, if it does not, we feel upset. The examples are elections, sports games, an expectation to get a glass of beer, pie, any other food, etc.. Also, the media sources tend to create expectations in our mind: deliciously pouring soda, a pretty lady is getting behind the wheel of a sports car, a happy family enters a big and luxurious house. Now, we have a lot of things to expect. But the production of the happiness hormones requires one more ingredient, – realization (R). Now, let us brainstorm about what is realization supposed to be. The explanation by TV, internet, radio and other commercials: the realization can solely take place in reality, for example, the happiness will not visit your heart until you: buy a car, buy a house, go to a college, buy, buy and buy…
Some religious branches went toward a completely different direction: the realization is not material – to get to heaven, you must abide by the sacred code. Both heaven and sacred code are intangible, but you feel happy about meeting the heaven-entrance demands by complying with the divine commandments, so the realization aspect works. And now we have H=E+R. The happiness equals the sum of expectation and realization. Everything is working out just fine for businesses to sell us a lot of things and that is good, it keeps economy rolling.
I think there is nothing wrong with buying and wanting things, but if you are short of cash, with that formula, you can produce some hormones of happiness by yourself, keeping a nickel safe in your pocket. Just look at your girlfriend, mom, dad, friend; get an expectation of hugging them and hug them, there you got happiness. Be happy! Be grateful for what you have, try not to expect things, making commercials just funny cartoons instead of guides on how to spend your money.
Thank you and I apologize for contradicting somebody else’s point of view, which I will respect and cherish upon hearing it.