Am currently reading ":59 seconds Think a little, Change a lot".
from the book, i learned, that to achieve a more lasting kind of happiness, buy experiences instead of goods. experiences give you memories (in time, we tend to remember the good stuff more over the bad ones), products bought get old, worn out and lose its appeal in time.
how does one buy experience, you may ask. go out for a meal, concert, cinema, theater, holiday/vacation, bungee jumping. Spend time with people. Not products (which tend to isolate us with others. Read: ear plugged generation).
as a friend often say to me hindi mababayaran ang saya kahit $1k pa. at sabi nga sa citibank tv commercial, priceless. :)
Personally, i've not really been a fan of buying. not because i don't want to, i just can't afford to. based on the book's test, being materialistic starts at a young age. like i've always been deprived so i am materialistic that way. but i want to buy stuff for my family, not really for myself. so same effect for me, my materialism gives me joy (lusot!). sabi ng iba, I am low maintenance. to others that can mean am cheap. which is fine. to me that means, am cheap, because it doesn't take much to please, make me happy. i mostly stick to the basics. so in a way okay din pala na lumaking deprived. kasi you won't really look for the things you've never been accustomed to. sa una yes, curiosity siguro, then later on i realize, it's just stuff i don't need.
so on my bday eve, i feel happy. i don't have a lot, but i have enough for now. the rest, i can wait for. i am not afraid of hard labor, because that's how i've been raised. so hindi ako takot maghirap or mahirapan. but if i can avoid it for my family i would.
so steady lang ako. nakatapak ang paa sa lupa (wala lang, kasi may gravity. hehe. kasi dapat realistic), nakatingala sa langit (dahil buti na lang libre ang mangarap), bukas ang mga bisig (handa sa anumang dumating, wag lang end of the world) at nakangiti (kasi hay, masarap mabuhay). =)
Indeed a happy birthday to me. Cheers!