From Derek Sivers:
Companies spend a fortune begging you to want their stuff. I won’t add to that noise.
Retail therapy is the worst kind.
I’d like to get 100 parrots and teach them to say “It won’t make you happy!” — then let them loose in shopping malls, big electronics stores, and car lots.
Then, when people are considering spending thousands of dollars on a giant TV, or going deeply in debt with a new car, a surprising squawk might shock them back to their senses.
The quickest way to double your income is to halve your expenses. Any study of happiness will tell you it’s best to actively appreciate what you’ve got.