Gratitude exercises can change your life!
So can getting rid of clutter.
Learn how minimalism helps increase happiness in today’s post.
Want to be happier? It’s time to get rid of all your stuff!
That might sound a little counterintuitive, seeing as most of us like our stuff and that’s why we got it in the first place.
Nevertheless, though, many experts say that getting rid of stuff is still the best way to boost the mood.
Decluttering is a great way to find your way to being permanently content and happy.
Let’s take a look at why minimalism helps increase happiness and how minimalistic you should be.
How Minimalism Helps Increase Happiness
Living on Less
Many of us have come to equate happiness with ‘stuff’.
Spiritual teachers, like the Dali Lama, suggest our need for things is one of the underlying problems of people.
When you base your happiness on how much you have, then you will never be quite satisfied.
You will always want more.
This is especially true when you take into account social comparison theory which is the fact that we will always compare what we have to what other people have.
At the same time, if your happiness is dependent on the things you own then it won’t take very much to render you unhappy again.
All that would have to happen is for your items to get lost or stolen.
True happiness comes when you are capable of making the most of any situation.
If you have fewer things in your home then you can just find different ways to entertain yourself.
And any of those things are much more fulfilling than merely watching TV.
Another point to consider is that ‘stuff’ creates work and commitment.
If you were to cut the amount of clutter in your home in half, you would find that instantly your home became easier to tidy.
You’d have less work and at the same time, you’d be freer to move if you wanted to.
In many ways, ‘stuff’ just makes us more stressed.
How to Try a Little Minimalism
Now most people reading this aren’t going to want to get rid of their TVs and that’s probably not right for most people anyway.
But you can try stripping back a little and going back to basics in some other ways.
Try getting rid of the boxes of items in your wardrobe that you never use, reducing the clutter on your countertops and find other ways to entertain yourself.
Next time you’re thinking of adding to your DVD collection ask yourself: do you really need another one?
Will it really make you any happier in the long run?
Minimalism helps increase happiness and reduce stress by freeing up more time to spend with family and friends! Give it a try today.