"Once we achieve our basic needs being met, we don't get
any happier with more 'stuff'. What makes us happy is
not stuff, what makes us happy are friends, family,
community, being healthy, included and engaged. We
know giving makes us happier than getting. All these
things can't be bought."
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Don't Feel Good? Got Affluenza?
Affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.[1]

Affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

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A 2005 paper from the Australia Institute by Clive Hamilton Richard Denniss and David Baker tells us ÔÇťAussies have admitted to spending over $10 billion every year on goods we do not use: clothes and shoes we never wear, CDs we never listen to, DVDs we never watch and food we never eat and each year in Australia nearly 20 million tonnes of waste goes to landfill. By way of comparison, this amount exceeds spending by Australian governments on universities and roads."