A materialistic attitude isn’t just bad for your wallet; new research shows that it may also make it harder for you to recover from adversity.
In a new paper that’s set to be published later this year, researchers at Johns Hopkins University argue that playing the lottery can temporarily spark materialistic thoughts in hopeful players and may even erode their self-control.
For a while, I was sure we were part of a larger trend. Over the past couple of years, my husband and I have both become stubbornly thrifty. Nearly every piece of furniture in our new home, for example, was either handed down to us from family members who were trying to get rid of the junk or was found at a thrift store and repurposed.
Instead of being embarrassed by the dinged wood and slightly mismatched secondhand furniture that crowds our modest house, however, we’ve been proud to show it off.