Why Materialism Fails to Make Us Happier

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Owning more doesn't bring happiness: 'the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.' Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Owning more doesn’t bring happiness: ‘the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

It’s no secret that gratitude makes us happier, while materialism can do the opposite. And now, a new study shows that lower levels of gratitude could be part of the reason for why materialistic people have decreased life satisfaction, and that gratitude could actually mediate the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction.

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