Being in Norway made me realize what horrific consumers Americans are.
Their homes are modest and filled IKEA furniture. Their lives revolve around physical health (lots of walking and running) and family. There is no sense that they need to have "the best" of everything. Their hand-me-down furniture is just fine, thank you, and no one is trying to outdo their neighbors.
Public transportation is excellent. No one has to have a car and many don't. Fuel is very expensive. But they don't mind walking or jumping on a bus to get where they want to go.
And they are so hungry for the sun that they will sit outside at cafes in full winter wear, grabbing a wool blanket off the pile by the door to wrap up in. Reindeer pelts line the chairs to assure warmth from both sides!
We could learn a whole lot in this country from these sturdy descendants of the conquering Vikings.