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Material Things

The Lifebabble team tackle issues important to young people. The team talk about material things and the pressure to have stuff.


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Hello, Babblers!

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Today we're talking about the pressure to

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surround ourselves with stuff. You know what I mean.

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Often we fill our lives and spend our time and money on

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material things to make us happy.

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But do they really?

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Everywhere we look, material objects seem to matter very much.

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Sometimes what people own or wear seems to be more important

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than who they actually are.

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Sometimes people believe that if they have expensive or trendy things

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it will make others admire them and gain friends.

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Worrying you'll be judged by your friends for not having

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the latest things can be upsetting.

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If you are making or losing friends because of things you have

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or don't have, how good a friend really are they?

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Sometimes I feel quite pressured to have the latest ones,

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especially at Christmas time, because you see everyone

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posting pictures online of clothes and make-up.

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But I'm not really bothered if I don't have them.

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I'm happy with what I've got.

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-I want it, I want it.

-You already have a cap.

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It doesn't seem like you need that one as well.

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I know, but everyone I know has more than one cap.

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Buy, buy, buy.

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I only have five quid and I don't really need another one.

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If I don't need it, then I'm not going to buy it.

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Ooh, another one!

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I definitely don't have this one and so I'm just going to buy it.

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Buy, buy, buy.

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I'm saving my money for something that I really need.

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Ah...

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EVERYONE I know has this one.

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I'm just going to go ahead and buy it.

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Buy, buy, buy.

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Oh, what?

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No!

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For me, it's not what others have.

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It's pretty simple.

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Do I have it? No.

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Am I going to do something with it? Yes.

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Do I have the coin? Yes.

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I'm going to buy it. Buy, buy, buy.

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What really makes you happy?

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It's probably not about the newest and most expensive things.

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And, of course, not everybody can afford those.

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Having a laugh, a chat,

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doing fun things with family and friends, that builds relationships.

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It's relationships and experiences that make us the most happy,

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not just things.

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The happiness you get from things may only last

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just a short time, while the happiness you get from

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a great experience will create memories that will last a lifetime.

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I can't believe what some kids at my school spend on just stuff.

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Most try to outdo each other.

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Someone spent £300 on a pair of shoes and I know that I would

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only spend that much money if they could make me fly.

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# I see it in the store

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# Walked past so many times before

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# Everyone in school has it

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# I know I can't live without it

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# I know it will make me happy

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# At least for a week or two

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# Then again, can I afford it?

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# All this money in my pocket

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# I've saved for so long Could this be wrong?

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# And it's my sister's birthday soon

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# You know, I don't think I need it after all

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# I'll save my money cos there's no hurry

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# I don't want more stuff that I don't need. #

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The Lifebabble team talk about material things and the pressure to have stuff! Parle appears in a Lifebabble video game for a 'do I really need it' sketch and Dr Aaron offers advice on what really makes us happy. Ollie sings a positive song on 'stuff' and how much we really need.