Satisfaction from fulfilling material wants is always short-lived. This idea was widespread in the ancient world: Buddha in India and the Stoic philosophers in ancient Greece and Rome counseled people to break their emotional attachments to status and material wealth and cultivate an attitude of acceptance instead.
To some, this sounds defeatist. But what is the point in railing against circumstances when you can’t alter them? More often than not, changing your mind is a more effective strategy than changing the world.”