What is the ‘simple living’ trend, and does it make people happier?
Simple living is the act of streamlining your life so that there is more time for what’s most important to you. It involves getting rid of things and expenses and keeping work and stress to a minimum while maximizing joy. Some claim simplifying has been life-changing. Why should you do it?
All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy
Fewer expenses require less income, which requires fewer work hours. When you work a forty hour week, the leisure activities crammed into the way too short weekend can be just as exhausting as they are exciting. People who work less have ample time to pursue recreation and experience true relaxation.
You Become More Resilient
We realize just how meaningless things are when we have less stuff. With fewer material distractions in life, we are forced to focus on the intangible things that matter the most (namely, connections with other people). Relationships give us lasting contentment, which can’t be found through any physical thing.
Free Is A Great Feeling
It’s much easier to catch up on bills when there are fewer of them. When you don’t have long-term debts looming over your head, you have the ability to leave a stressful job, move to where you’ve always wanted to live, or whatever else pleases you.
Less Mess, Less Stress
Whether it’s reducing clutter or reducing your bills, countless studies agree on one thing: Simplifying our lives reduces stress. A lack of stress improves the quality of life right now and in the future. Stress causes chronic health problems over time. Avoiding stress now means maintaining good health later.
Address What’s Been Nagging You
Do you want to become a deeper part of your community? Do you want to get married? Do you want more quality time with your kids? By living a simpler life, you’ll have more time to address those nagging major life goals that slip between the cracks when life is complicated.