Do you like luxury? I think we all do – at least in our own ways. I love luxury, but what I have considered luxurious has changed over the years. For me, luxury is less about showing off status or enjoying the finer things in life. These days it’s more about having time and resources to live my life on my own terms. I think eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch is quite luxurious if it means I’m doing what I enjoy… writing quizzes from my daybed or catching up with quiz takers on my sofa 🙂
Of course, before I got started with a luxury quiz, I had to do some research first. I found out a couple interesting things about luxury goods. The first is that they give us comfort, even when – especially when – we can’t afford them. Makes sense to me. A nice piece of clothing or meal is hard to resist when we’re feeling down.
Another study about luxury suggests that being around luxury goods (or what psychologists refer to as “being primed by”) makes us more self-interested. In some extreme cases, we are more likely to make decisions that harm others when we’re around luxury.
Wow! So is luxury a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think it’s important to find little luxuries in life and to treat ourselves well. It’s up to us to keep our reactions in check (giving back is a good way of doing this) and to moderate. Do you agree?
I wanted to write a quiz that celebrated both the excess and moderation of luxury: The Luxury Test. This simple image quiz tells you how you would live an extreme life of luxury and also how you may do so already in moderation.
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on The Luxury Test? Is it true for you?
- How do you feel about luxury in general?
- How do you treat yourself in little ways?