Living in a material word

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Extravagant gifts, shopping and rushing all over town does not sound like the spirit of the holidays.

Experts say this generation has gone over the top with Christmas, focusing more on expensive presents, large decoration displays and out-baking the neighbors rather than giving back to the community.

Counselor Shelley Millsap said the majority of people today are more materialistic than decades ago and instead of being happy because of the things they buy, the pressure to give the best presents even if you can't afford it is leading to depression and anxiety.

Materialism also leads to losing touch with reality and becoming desensitized to community needs and social behaviors.

"Keeping up with the Joneses and the gratification that brings can only last for so long. Then what are you left with," Millsap.

The best way to keep yourself from falling into the material madness is not comparing yourself and what you can provide for your family with other people. Going back to the basics and helping the community that has helped you will push you to remember the reason of the season.

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