I believe, owning fewer material things can make us happier. Reduce what we own, rent what we need, and refine the rest. here, it is deceivingly simple method to our happiness.
“Less is best, Reduce or Rent, then Refine what is rest.”
Everything you own, owns you right back.
Own what you want but always remember, it owns you right back. It owns your money, your attention, your time and also the space in your home. The more you get rid off, the lighter you feel. It is important however, to understand the impact of things you buy, own and take care of.
Its fun to look at what you have and find new ways to use those items instead of purchasing something new.
Its only after we’ve lost everything, we are free to do anything.
Get rid of the things that do not spark joy in your heart, only buy items that truly add value in our lives in long term. As a result, we can see quite clearly what we actually need in our life and what we don’t and what you should and shouldn’t do.
To stop the cycle of consumption we really need to learn to love the things we own. It is better for our well being.
Owning less allows one to fully appreciate the things they do have,and it also reminds that they don’t need much to be happy. The number is not important, but challenging yourself to live with a certain number of items may help you in determining what’s enough for you, also it will make time and space for you to understand what you really want and need to live a happy satisfied life.
Today we consume more then ever, but are we happier? Studies show that rates of depression have risen dramatically in the past 50 years. In ” The high price of Materialism ” Tim Kasser shares research that shows materialism lowers happiness in life. It is also correlated to increased rates of mental disorder and makes people feel less competent, more self concentrated, reduces feelings of relatedness, generates negative emotions.
One of the quickest way to double up your income is to half your expenses. Because, any study of happiness will tell you that one should actively appreciate what you’ve got.
Ways to own less ...
- Get rid of your duplicates.
- Sell your extra stuff.
- Dump the guilt.
- Practice one in, one out (to prevent clutter creep and to really about your purchases, commit to donate one item for every item you bring home.)
- Borrow and trade.
- Seek high quality stuff when shopping.
- Disassociate from your material belongings.
Loosen your grip- Every time you think that something has hold on you, you will realize that you are the one with the tight grip. So the first step to letting go is loosening the grip.
If we step out of the trance materialism we can see the real world. we will realize the most precious commodities are not our possessions but rather the friendship we create, the experiences we have are. It is always family, health, sense of belonging, love, meaning and purpose and of course, none of this require owning a bunch of stuff or any materialistic thing. Because, all it requires time. Time, which we are throwing away when we buy stuff that’s not even necessary.