A materialistic person is someone who tends to fall in love with their material possessions and equates them to happiness and fulfillment. This is especially so when the owning of the possessions is motivated by emotional reasons rather than functional reasons.
If you belong to this category, maybe you need to reconsider; do you really need all of these materials to become happy? Maybe, when you’re so busy buying new things, you miss the chance to achieve real happiness!
1) Materials are just fake symbols of happiness.
If you are deeply lost into our desires toward material possessions, you will find we have come to hold many fake beliefs about these possessions. We see these objects as tools that will help us improve our quality and experience of life. Material possessions have evolved into our holy grail and represent symbols of hope, happiness, and joy. However, these symbols are no more than just artificial creations by people.
2) Materials don’t last forever.
The fancy new whatever you just bought isn’t going to last you your entire lifetime. They have to crap out on you sooner than later.
3) Materials distract you from what really matters.
The pursuit of stuff is a distraction from the important thing: the pursuit of your goals. It can be hard to stay interested in your goals when success requires patience (the opposite of the instant gratification materialism provides).
How to change
Getting rid of materialism doesn’t mean forsaking all your possessions. Ridding yourself of everything you own would only prove you are still too preoccupied with possessions themselves. Someone who has developed a healthy inner world would see possessions as neutral. This shift is more about attitude than specific actions.