There are many different paths to happiness.
Society’s dominant path, at least according to advertisers, is valuing materialistic practices. Own the right items, drive the right car, live in the right house.
Put another way … product consumption is the remedy for social ills.
Enter the increasing trend of minimalism.
The core lesson from the infographic below:
We realize not only that our previous purchases haven’t brought us meaning, but that they’ve actually distracted us from what is most meaningful.
Source: Living With Less: America’s Quest for Simplicity