I'm not usually a fan of John Tierney, but his piece today on why we should think not about tomorrow, but next year, is fantastic.
In short, research shows that shortly after spending splurges and other hedonistic behavior, people feel guilty. But long, long after, they wish they'd done more of it.
Or as Tierney closes the column:
When you’re on your deathbed, how much time will you spend wistfully thinking, “If only I’d bought the smaller plasma TV. . . .”?He's right! Where's Brian? Let's go shopping!
Edit: Sorry about the missing link; I've corrected. :-)