It is clear that spending time and money chasing possessions never results in long-lasting happiness. Usually, the pursuit of stuff ends with debt, clutter, buyer’s remorse or dissatisfaction. Sometimes it’s worse, even violent.
While it can be helpful to be aware of the negatives, it’s understanding and celebrating the benefits that make change sustainable.
Instead of focusing on all the negative aspects of Black Friday shopping, or overspending in general, let’s celebrate the things that aren’t for sale. These things, that aren’t really things can improve relationships, health, and quality of life. They can also turn into massive inspiration to change how we shop and spend.
Gratitude for 7 Things that are not on Sale
If you aren’t content with your life, it might be time to consider a change, but there is nothing at the mall that will facilitate that change. If you want to feel more content immediately, think more about others. Redirecting your attention to how you can help someone else is the fastest way to forget about what you think is missing from your life. Contribution breeds contentment.
This will never be on sale or for sale, and it’s one of the greatest thing we can give and receive. Forgiving doesn’t justify wrong doing, but it does begin the healing process. Forgiveness can open hearts, mend relationships, and contribute to health and happiness.
Shopping might deliver a temporary high, but if you are after true happiness and resounding joy, identify the little everyday things that fill your heart. Write them down and express gratitude for what matters most.
4. Self Worth
Comparison makes you feel like you’re not good enough. You are. Advertising makes you feel like you don’t have enough. You do. Who you are is more important than what you own or don’t own. How you feel about yourself means more than any sale, deal, or bargain will ever offer.
You don’t have to spend money to better connect with people you love, new friends, and even with your interests and passions.
Choose love. Let love. Give love. Be love. Live love.
7. Dance Parties
You don’t have to buy a fancy dress or dancing shoes for this party. Instead, turn your kitchen, office or living room into a dance party with this playlist. You won’t hear these gems at a local nightclub, but Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Run-D.M.C. and INXS always make me want to dance. This little party might not be as meaningful as the things mentioned above, but in some ways, it can encourage them.
There is tremendous pressure to shop and spend right now. The pressure might be coming from advertisers, family and friends, or even from within. Resisting might be a challenge, but it is a worthwhile challenge.
For today, enjoy and celebrate all of the things in your life that are not for sale, and will never be on sale. If that feels good, do it again tomorrow.
The most meaningful things never go on sale, but they are always available when you’re ready.