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Why are people never satisfied with what they have?

I buy an i Pad, next day i don't valorise it anymore. I want a Mac Book Pro. Next day i buy a Mac. 1 day later i don't care about it. What would actually make me happy???? I am even happier when i desire than when i already have what i want! Someone explain this to me, please.

Simple. They never worked for it.
You don't appreaciate what you get for free. I am guilty of that myself, i admit.
If you work to buy something yourself, you appreaciate it alot more.

When you bought the iPad, did you buy it with your hard earned money? Or did you buy it with money someone gives to you regularly?
If you work for your money, you gain an incentive to appreaciate what you buy and you get a sense of which one do i like better for a good deal and is it worth the money i am going to pay for it(?).

most people are shallow-materialistic now.

I'm afraid it's just human nature. Instead of buying buying buying. You should try to use your time and energy and money doing creative things, taking up different hobbies, eating out, travelling, spending money on entertainment such as the theatre, comedy shows, cinema, converts etc as well as doing fun stuff with friends, family and maybe do voluntary work helping the poor and needy.

Look at what you DO have instead of not have. Each day try writing three good things that made you smile or feel happy that day, it could be as small as waking up with your cat purring next to you.

Because people are never satisfied, we always want something more

Some people can be that greedy & they think money comes off trees, but they don't realize that they should be happy with what they have & they think getting more will make them happy

You simply may not be a materialistic person. Try pursuing more activities than trying to find happiest in items. There is so much to experience in life. Have fun! And just focus on you and what you like to do!

People have unlimited wants. No matter how much we have we still want more.

It is common for many people to think that things may make them happy. The thing is once the high of acquiring the thing is past they come down and need to experience that high again and so they buy more and more.
This is similar to a drug addict 'chasing the high.'
Often seeing a therapist can help you to find what really is missing from your life and how this lack underlies your behaviour. Hoarders often fill their lives with 'stuff' in a vain attempt to fill a hole in their lives.

Good question.

Today, it is easy to complicate our lives with many things. Time and energy are required to shop for, pay for, use, maintain, and safeguard possessions. Jesus lived a simple life so that material possessions would not needlessly pull him away from his ministry.—Matthew 8:20.

Matthew 6:19-20
“Stop storing up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

A person’s “treasures upon the earth” may include more than just money. They could involve any of those things that Solomon wrote about and that people value so much, such as fame, power and material/electronic things. Hence, fame and fortune does not last for long. A person who is famous today may soon be forgotten. Someone who makes a lot of money this year may lose it all next year. Because Jesus loves humans, he warns them about how glory can quickly disappear and leave them without hope.

For many years, King Solomon feared and obeyed God. The Bible says that he “continued to love Jehovah by walking in the statutes of David his father.” (1 Kings 3:3) While he did that, he was truly successful. But Solomon’s example while he was faithful to God can help us to understand what true success is and what we need to do to be successful. For example, God inspired Solomon to write about riches, wisdom, fame, and power and material wealth/things. Many people think they need these things to be successful. But Solomon said that people who work hard to get these things are “striving after wind,” or trying to get something that does not make them truly happy. People who love money always want to have more. And they worry about losing what they already have. Also, their riches will one day belong to others when they die.—Read Ecclesiastes 2:8-11, 17; 5:10-12.

Solomon also realized that these good things in life give a person true joy ONLY if he has a good relationship with God. Solomon said: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.”—Ecclesiastes 12:13.

When Solomon got old, he stopped obeying Jehovah God. Jehovah was not pleased with Solomon and told him what the sad results of his disobedience would be. God said: “I shall without fail rip the kingdom away from off you, and I shall certainly give it to your servant.” (1 Kings 11:11) Even though Solomon had been successful in many ways, in the end he disappointed Jehovah. Solomon became unsuccessful because he did not continue to do the most important thing in life. He did not continue to be faithful to Jehovah.

Another example… The Apostle Paul wanted Jehovah God’s approval…not to be rich and famous or have many material things in life.

What we want to remember is that true success does not depend on how many great things we have done or on how important we are in this world. Jesus tells us: “What is looked for in stewards is for a man to be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2) And we must continue to be faithful. Jesus said: “He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22) When faithful ones are saved, it will be clear that they were truly successful!