It is hard for me to gauge just how much time I actually spend being grateful on a daily basis. In the reading, they mentioned how people writing down things they were grateful for made them happier – I do not really recall spending any amount of time actively trying to do something like that. My family doesn’t really spend a lot of time together – we are for the most part just too busy, and I personally don’t feel like we are all that close or open with one another. The only time during the year that I can think off where we have the time set aside for spending time together is during Christmas.
The economic implications of this sort of behavior are startling. If you do not spend time thinking about what you have gained in the past or what you currently have, then the only remaining thing to think about is what you are going to have gained in the future.
Even Christmas, the time when you are supposed to spend an evening showing your gratitude towards your family and friends, you do so by buying and consuming vast quantities of consumer goods – expensive items are bought and gifted on this specific occasion like no other, and mass sales like Black Friday a month prior are dedicated consumerist shopping sprees for Christmas.
From a business perspective, the lack of introspection and gratitude is great, because it means that consumers are never going to take the time to be happy with what they have – they are in a perpetual cycle of looking at what they don’t already have, which makes it that much easier to market towards them and convince them to get more things.
It’s reflective of a consumerist culture as a whole –and a desire to gain more and more – for it is the process of gaining, and not of having, that satisfies the demand we create from only looking forward into the future.
The audio is from the end of the movie Fargo, when after half a dozen other characters have failed in their pursuit of happiness that 2 characters manage to achieve it by reflecting on what they already have.
The picture is of Larfleeze, the personification of greed and avarice from the Green Lantern comics.