When less is more: How Minimalism Can Impact Your Happiness
We live in a material world, and it's perfectly fine since we are both physical and spiritual beings.
But do we live the balance between those two? It seems that the world focuses too much on material values, underestimating everything else. That might be one of the reasons for the global epidemic of loneliness, depression, and misery. So many wealthy people are not happy at all. Maybe we are looking for fulfillment in the wrong place?
What made us believe that we can find happiness in purchasing a new pair of shoes or a new kitchen gadget? Probably it's marketing to blame. And also our feeling of satisfaction that follows getting new stuff. But that boost of joy is contemporary and very short-living. It expires quickly, leaving us lonely again, with all of our fears and issues, and unfulfilling hunger for more. We can shop again, add more and more, keep, and collect, just to shut those feelings. But that will bring us even further from our true self and happiness.
What if we turn the process in the opposite direction?
That is what minimalism has to offer. According to this approach, instead of searching for happiness in adding more material items, more activities, more people, more everything to our lives, we need to do the opposite. To see clearly what really matters, you need to peel layers, get rid of everything but the basics, both literally and figuratively.
Minimalism promotes taking your power back. Then, instead of spreading your energy, time, money, and efforts on sufficient details, you are free to focus on fundamentals. Those crucial things are deeply personal, different for every one of us. That's what makes you smile, and makes your life worth living.
Minimalism can be applied to almost every life field - from home decor to fashion, to our schedules, to everyday tasks, to art, to you name it. However, one of the most obvious ways to begin with applying principles of minimalism is to start with your household and daily routine. Starting from here, you'll quickly see changes in the level of joy, inner peace, and success.
Why less is more, and how will it affect your life?
Minimalism is not lack of anything. It is intentionally getting rid of everything that keeps you from what really matters. You have to learn how to say no to everything that doesn't lead where you want to get - a life that you want, and the best version of yourself. Saying no to everything that doesn't add value, you become able to say yes to everything you want instead.
- Minimalism teaches you the art of letting go.
You have to let a thing go if you want a new one to come in, no matter if it is an old warn-out purse, an ex-lover, or a painful memory you hold on.
- Less time spent in cleaning and tidying means more time for doing what makes you happy and improves your life - for self-growth, for quality time with your loved ones, hobbies, reading, taking sports, spending time outside. When was the last time you stopped to smell the roses or to watch a sunset?
- Fewer distractors all-around - better focus, more straight thinking. When you don't split your attention, you'll be able to commit to every single task with the whole of your heart. Your child's talking to you needs your undivided attention, the same as finishing work. Whatever you are doing, will bring you far more joy if you do it with undivided attention.
- Less physical chaos, less mental chaos - more order and peace of mind. You will find out how easy it is to calm your mind down in a breathable, uncluttered space.
- Less physical clutter, less mental clutter - more loved items, more nurturing thoughts, supportive beliefs. Starting with minimalism at your home will naturally lead you to apply this approach to your mental space. Toss everything that doesn't serve you - limiting beliefs, pessimistic thoughts, bad habits. Once you begin from anywhere, it will spread to everything in your life.
- Less money spent on stuff means more money to spend on experiences that make you truly rich or to invest in self-development. No one remembers stuff. Our favorite memories are not about shopping malls and purchases. It's always about experiences, adventures, and emotions. Don't waste your money, invest it in happy moments, and making memories.
- Less consuming, more creativity. We live in an era of too much information. Protect your creativity from being smashed by too much input. Try to express yourself and create more than you consume of other's ideas.
- Fewer excuses for procrastination mean more intentional activities and productivity. Applying minimalism to your working environment will leave you without excuses. Focus on what is important, and that's the task in front of you.
- Less stress, more inner peace. Clutter inevitably makes us stressed. When you remove that source of stress from your life, it will be game-changing.
- Less exhaustion, more energy. All sorts of clutter suck our energy. After discarding it, you'll notice how energized you are - like after a good night's sleep. Don't waste your energy, and there are so many fun things you can do with it.
- Fewer items in the schedule, more mindfulness, and being present. When you stop running from one task to another just to take it off from your to-do list, you'll finally be able to sit calmly in silence and see what it means to be completely present and aware.
Having everything you want is not the recipe for happiness. Maybe having less may help. Perhaps it's not about how much you have or how busy you are, but about how much the things you own or do really mean to you.