Ed, agreed about the great insights. Your example sheds a great light on the situation. People need to learn to enjoy the simple things. It sometimes seems like, the more you have, the more you want to have more and the bigger shock it is when you can't. People who have less seem to enjoy life more. Personally, I think shopping becomes a distraction for people who haven't found pleasure in the simple things. You buy something, it makes you feel good for a few days. Then, that wears off and you have to buy something more. On the other hand, if you learn to enjoy the simple pleasures, you don't have to buy something to feel good. You just enjoy what life gives you for free and there are always free pleasures out there if you know how to find them.