I stumbled onto a fascinating site on Reality Cracking
while doing some research on body language.
A quote from the introduction:
Reality cracking is a matter of observation and knowledge, balance and wit, it's very important to avoid taking ourselves too seriously... a common disease. Watch, work, send your findings... and avoid the ever lurking risks to fall into the 'weird-religious-nutty' or into the 'ideologically excessive-obsessed' patterns.
I'm not necessarily an anti-consumerist, per se
--a few of the essays are interesting and enlightening. I like one titled Reversing Stress
Learn the 'carpe diem' techniques from little kids, watch how they live every moment for the pleasure of that moment and try to learn it.