Materialism and Happiness

Can money by happiness? Can it buy joy? Age-old questions that we will look into here. Something to give some thought to as you plan out how much focus wealth should have in your future plans.

Author: MGTAT-Reekay

After retiring at the age of 49 from the hamster-wheel existence of the Western lifestyle, I have lived an adventure as a traveling expat in Southeast Asia since 2012. Primarily in the Philippines and Vietnam. My primary Youtube channel (LifeBeyondTheSea) now has over 14 million views and I have done hundreds of consultations online helping men find solutions to their retirement and dating situations. To set up a Facetime consultation use the Facetime tab at the site menu-bar.


  1. Great thoughts Reekay, clear and logical.
    There are two separate creations, one being a person, the experiencer. Second, all things material outside of you, including other people. Another wards, the entire universe revolves around each person. It’s the same for each human being. The material world and beingness are two opposites,..the person and the material. All bias, and all experience of life is cooked and realized in being, whatever you want to call that… Consciousness. Simply put, happiness from the physical world pasted onto consciousness is just that. The material wears out over time. Joy howerever, is created from within consciousness. The mechanics of joy is derived from our interior makeup of let’s say, mind reflecting heart and soul. We already have joy or love contained within our personal design as human beings. An example is… Nobody can give you love or joy, but when you witness a loving person or see a baby, looking up to your eyes with a big smile, your heart is filled with love or joy, stimulated within your own being.
    I’ve already taken it to far, for most men, as some spiritual BS.
    So, I’ll stop here.
    Chew on that BS…

  2. Just to expand on my previous comment. This is important to understand… A bit abstract, but stick with me. The enclosed article from Forbes, Reekay provided in the materialism and happiness touches on my point of joy.
    On point #5, in Forbes article, and I’ll quote the phrases…
    1. “broaden your horizons as a person”
    2. “thrill of exploration of self learning”
    3. “development of new skills”
    4. “expanding yourself as a person”
    What’s going on here? You are actually stimulating your innate (already contained) battery pack of emotion. Joy is derived from within your makeup as a human being.
    The author of Forbes is suggesting to expand and exercise your self contained, emotional muscle. The homeport of joy, is part of our person. Like a muscle, we experience or feel joy within self.
    WHAT this actually means, is joy is really, already, self contained. We experience life, to recharge and expand our personal joy.
    Follow your joys or Passions in activity, practice or exercise your Passions, Passions then expand, and life within, becomes joyful.
    Each person is unique, only you know what, turns you on.
    The commenter… I’ve lived a long life as an observer, and in part, as a professional in the health and wellness field. I’ve lived as an expat (non tourist) around the world off and on since age 19, now pushing 70.
    Failure always reboots Success, unless you’re lazy. Stay healthy.

  3. Are you aware of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? It’s shown here in the form of a pyramid. For people to find joy and be at ease, they must have the basic needs met. Then they can build on the higher levels.

    The Philippines appeals to me because it’s a warm climate, it’s beautiful and food grows there. Provided these basic needs are met and with such lovely people there, I can see why there’s an abundance of joy. In my present country we have to work just to keep warm. I hope to be there soon to experience it, and I look forward to a happy retirement.

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