Whether you are greedy, or know someone who is, understand that greed is very real and affects many. Greed is the need to have something more than what you have. It’s about not being thankful for what one has, and instead wanting more. Greed can take many forms, such as power, money, food, known as gluttony, and even sexual desires, known as lust. These unhealthy obsessions greatly affect one’s ability to think clearly and rationally. Greed is taking all for oneself, while unable to share with others.

Businesspeople grabbing money

What makes one greedy is often the inability to understand or even know what it’s like to be without. Often those who are greedy have always had things given to them and may not have worked hard to be where they are today. Those who were spoiled as children or were never told ‘no’ often grow up being ungrateful and greedy.

Conceptual scene of a selfish person

However, it can also impact those who have worked diligently. Once someone finds success in a specific business venture, and opportunities continuously come to them, they will often take these for granted and become greedy, even to the point of expecting things to go their way, but often it never does and instead comes crumbling down before them.

If you are greedy, or know someone who is, learn and teach the value of being thankful. Be thankful each and every day for what you have. You never know when this may escape you, so never take it for granted. Be thankful for your family, friends, job, money, food, water, shelter, air, sun, life, and so on. Every little thing is something we can take for granted, and at any moment could disappear, so be thankful for these things each and every day.

There is always something to be thankful for.

If you find no value in those things, than that is a sign that you’ve already taken them for granted. So get back to the root of why you have these things, and imagine what life would be like without them. When you imagine life without the things you like and need to survive, you realize just how much you actually valued them.

Poor mother and daughter with HELP sign sitting on stairs outdoors

Allowing others to see their own greedy ways is also a challenge since we cannot change anyone but ourselves. However, you can talk with those who take life for granted, and never see the error of their ways, to allow them to see life from the other side. Give them real life examples of your life, and relate it to theirs, such as “What if you didn’t have this or that?”

Business man throwing dollar bills and yelling.

Another thing to remember is that we are materialistic creatures. We are born with nothing and we die with nothing. Everything in between is simply our way of going with the flow of the physical domain we live in.

On the non-physical domain, there is no purpose for tangible objects as they do not exist or hold value. At our deepest level, we are non-physical entities that are experiencing a physical existence. Besides the necessities of food, water, and shelter, the rest is not important, and thus cannot bring us happiness, especially if we take it for granted.

Wants vs Needs

If we learn to be thankful for what we have, even if it truly is not of value to us or our true selves, then we will experience the world from a new perspective. One of gratefulness and respect for all living and nonliving things. Everything tangible has a purpose, and none of it is meaningless. Respect what you have, since you never know when you may be without.

Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!

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We’ve all been ungrateful and greedy. It takes a loss for us to realize how much we’ve taken things for granted. I know throughout my life how much I’ve taken things for granted, and then when I lose them, I realize just how much I miss it. I try to brush it off like it doesn’t matter, but deep down it does, and it hurts. This is when I developed the mindset to be thankful each and every day.

I am thankful for waking up, the sleep, morning, night, and day I had. I am grateful for the food and water I have to help keep me alive. I envision positivity entering into my food before I eat it, eliminating all the negative energy and bring positivity into the meal so provide more nutrition to my mind and body.

Through these techniques, I’ve managed to change my life around and learn to manage greed. I take when I can get and never take it for granted or else I may risk being ungrateful for what I have. It takes practice, but I know you can as well.

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