So why do we do it? I am sure there are many articles and scholarly papers about the subject. Maybe we are just all shopaholics. Personally, I think it is because we have convinced ourselves that we can't be happy now. We think "When I have this new _________, then I can start being happy". Or in my case, "When I get this new board, that will make me happy". It is not just with material things either. It is with jobs or school or even relationships. Regardless of what it is, we tell ourselves that we can't be happy until a certain change takes place. I do this ALL OF THE TIME! It drives me nuts! I would never say that I hate my current state, but I definitely don't appreciate it like I should.
What are the long term effects of such behavior? President Henry B. Eyring, a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints once said, "There is danger in the word 'someday', when what it means is 'not this day'". If we are always thinking we won't be happy until tomorrow, then all I will get is a life full unhappy todays.
I have been thinking about this problem a lot recently and how I can avoid it. I have by no means solved it, but one thing has definitely helped. I have just tried to more openly acknowledge all of the things I have that I am grateful for. As I have adopted an attitude of gratitude, I have done a better job of living in the moment and enjoying it. I even made my lock screen on my phone a reminder to be grateful. Just the little reminder has really helped.
Life is hard, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed. I really believe that each of us have it within us to be happy today. If you can't find anything to be happy about, send me an email. I have about 3 million pictures of the cutest baby in the world. I would be happy to send you one. If that doesn't do it, still email me. I promise I will answer and try and help in any way I can.