How to get materialism under control in your life

It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.

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  • Materialism is a personal focus on acquiring possessions that can steer your attention and behavior away from things that make you happy.
  • There are several things you can do to tame materialism in your own life.
  • Satisfaction ultimately can't be found in collecting the most stuff possible, but rather in achieving intrinsic values.
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