Have you ever stepped back and looked at the range of messages-to-be-discontent that we receive daily? That we are bombarded with, in fact?.
Messages designed to make you aware that other people are better, happier, more successful, and have more things than you?
- Quick let’s put these holiday photos on social media so everyone can see how happy we are!
- You’re not still driving that car – it’s already three years old!
- You’ve got to have new iPhone or Samsung – it’s even better than last month’s one.
The messages are endless and from varying sources – advertising, social media, product placement, and so on. And the overall intention is manipulation through fostering unhappiness.
We’re told to be insecure about what we have. Don’t let up struggling for more. Don’t enjoy what you have or what you do – others are doing better!
Stop enjoying the life you have. Be discontent.
And then spend money and time to get rid of this discontentment!
How can you relax when others are happier, fitter, wealthier, better looking that you!
Inoculate against the manipulation
How can you inoculate yourself against the discontentment disease?
The first step is to recognise what’s happening.
Recognise the daily bombardment of messages-to-be-unhappy.
And see and hear these messages for what they are – by seeing through them – by recognising that they are designed to prevent you being content with what you have.
Because, really, they are designed to influence you into making the messengers wealthier.