Simplify Your Life and Discover Greater Happiness
How much does it take to be happy? Americans have more than just about any other
society in the world, yet we are far from the happiest country, based on surveys.
Clearly, owning a lot of stuff isn’t the key to happiness. However, we’re
programmed to believe that we need to continuously upgrade our lifestyle. Until
your perspective changes, it will be challenging to find the happiness you seek.
Consider these ideas and you’ll see how easy it is to be happier with less:
1. Has buying something ever made you happier? Think of all the things you’ve
- You can’t buy your way to happiness. In fact, accumulating stuff tends to
- You have to move the stuff in the garage around just to get to your
- You never seem to have enough room in your dresser or closet, yet you
“have nothing to wear.”
- Every ad you face is an attempt to get you to buy something. The primary
way this is accomplished is by convincing you that you need it, even if you
- Think of them this way: every ad and commercial are trying to separate
you from your money. They’ll do just about anything to get you to buy
- Understanding this will allow you to be happier with less.
- This is human nature. Recognize that you’ll always want more, but also
recognize that it’s a trap. It doesn’t matter how much you accumulate;
you’ll always be left feeling the same way in the end. You can prove this
to yourself by examining your past.
wanted and ultimately acquired. After the initial rush wore off after you
purchased the item, were you any happier?
2. Start by getting rid of the things you don’t need. A great first step is to sell, give
away, or throw out the stuff you don’t need. Pick a room and be honest with
yourself. It might be hard at first to let go of the fondue pot you last used six
years ago, but you’ll feel great about having more free space.
3. Less stuff means more free time. When you own fewer things, you have more
free time to use as you please. When you own more than you need, you’re
constantly maintaining, moving, dusting, or cleaning those items.
4. Fewer obligations mean more free time. Simplifying your life by eliminating
unnecessary obligations will also give you more free time. Work on simplifying
your obligations. Your time is your most important resource. How are you
5. Understand the motivation of marketers and media. TV movies, radio, and
most websites primarily exist to make money.
6. The desire for more is never-ending. You might think you’ll finally be satisfied
with a 4,000 square-foot home, but you’ll eventually want a bigger one. Owning
a pool might be your dream, but once that urge is satisfied, a new desire will
take its place.
How much do you own? How much of your time is currently spoken for? Do you
believe that having and doing even more will bring you greater happiness?
Give yourself a chance to experience a simple life and see for yourself!
Start by removing all the unneeded items from one room and get them out of your
house. Also, drop one commitment that isn’t adding to your life. Ensure that you’re
using that free time wisely. Then, evaluate after a few weeks. Do you feel better or
If you’ve climbed the ladder of success and still feel like something is missing, try
living with less in your life!
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