6 Reasons People Are Never Satisfied With What They Have

Reasons People Are Never Satisfied
The local radio station I was tuned into this morning had a short discussion about the reasons people are never satisfied. It went on to reveal that a study has found that the richest people on earth are the most unhappiest!

You and I may not fall into the richest people on earth (ahem..), but still, would you consider yourself satisfied with what you have?

Have you ever wondered why even after you bought some items you have always wanted, soon after you find yourself wanting something else?
Think tank: why are we never satisfied with what we have?

Here are some thoughts from the radio show, along with my own musings....

#1. We are not meant to be satisfied on earth!

Sounds funny don't you think? Or perhaps, a pessimistic comment. I doubt that personal development gurus will agree with this one. Leave a comment, I'd like to know what you think.

#2. Something Out There Is Better Than What We Have

Jim Collins (famous business author), in his newest title, How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, terms this as "The Undisciplined Pursuit of More"

Even if the current condition keeps on improving, the desire to have more continue to grow. Therefore, in order to feel satisfied we got to have everything we currently missing, to the point that there is nothing we can want anymore. Hm.. mathematically possible :-) But is it realistic?

#3. If we can remain satisfied, we would never be motivated to do anything!

I tend to partly agree with this one. If you look at innovations in the past, you'll find a back story where someone was not satisfied with something! I think that the desire for more is what keeps us moving forward. We all need something to strive for. This may not necessarily be monetary; it can be more knowledge, better health, etc.

So basically, if you were truly satisfied with something, its unlikely that you would be motivated to do more?

#4. We are not appreciative of what we already have

What you have right now, could be what someone else may want. (in a literal sense) For example, you may have a loving family etc and there may be someone out that who would think that that's their ideal happiness.

#5. We have high expectations

Sometime ago I wrote a post on, Expectations: Is It A Human Weakness?
It generate some interesting discussions via comments.
Lydia said...
We will always have expectations. It is the prediction of the (often uncertain) future based on what we know and the passed, in order to make ourselves feel more certain in the face of the unknown.
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Be clear about what you want, what you expect, the outcome, expect the best, but then know that what ever happens it is always for the best and if it does not work out how we expect at the time, there is a bigger plan in place that we may not yet be able to see that is greater then the picture in our minds.

#6. We are not satisfied because we rarely follow our hearts

It seemed that lot of people tend to take decisions surrounding monitory gains. We don’t stop to do the things we were meant to do, because those things usually don’t produce the amount of money we'd like.

Let's discuss.. what are your thoughts?


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7 comments:

Azrael said...

I don’t know about “not meant to be satisfied”, but the world doesn’t make it an easy task. There are too many temptations. It takes a strong will to be happy with what you have.

I agree that a certain amount of dissatisfaction is necessary to keep us motivated. The important thing to remember is NOT to achieve your satisfaction at the expense of others. Sadly, from what we see around in this world, that is somewhat rare. Ok, maybe that is a pessimistic view of humans, but there it is.

I’m talking here about monetary or materialistic satisfaction. Today, the world is too focused on money and materialistic wealth, from which stems out most of the other problems in the world.

“So basically, if you were truly satisfied with something, its unlikely that you would be motivated to do more?”
No, you could always find something else to do.

This is my humble opinion. I just came across your blog and I really enjoyed reading some of your articles.

offset printing said...

Sometimes people really do have a goals in life, that's why I think they keep on pushing hard on what they are doing, because they are thinking that, that will be their way to reach their goal. But not all of the people, coz some are just living simple with their lives, their contented that they are with their families. It's only my thought about it.

Elaine Piha said...

It is through suffering that our soul learns and becomes perfected. Suffering has a noble purpose, the evolution of our soul. Our struggles are merely disguised opportunities to grow. Through adversity we are introduced to our true selves, not only our weaknesses, but also our strengths.

Cliff said...

"We are not meant to be satisfied on earth!"

This strong sentence may sound true to others who have strong desires to earthly things and unlimited success. The key to get yourself satisfied is to aim for specific goals, take action to achieve them and cherish those moment.

Sometimes, people overlooked the tiniest things on earth which makes them special. If we learn to appreciate them, you'll find a piece of heaven which is not comparable than anything else.

Parwathy Narayan said...

Gratitude journals have done wonders for me. The grass is green right where I'm at, and I am truly happy. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

Learn to love the things that you hate and you will find endless happiness.

Anonymous said...

I rather be fishing.

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