5 Reasons Why Simple Living Can Lead to Happiness

Less is more!


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Everyone dreams of living their best life. Desiring fulfillment, you may tend to look for meaning externally, however happiness exists in life’s simple pleasures. Harness simplicity as your tool for growth, and learn why less is more. Here are five reasons why you need less in order to feel happy.

Living the simple life is healthier

When you have less, you have less worries. Owning fewer things also gives you more time in your day as you spend less precious hours looking after your things, repairing them, and updating them, according to The Power of Positivity.

How much time do you spend looking for misplaced items? The less you have, the less you can lose! Being preoccupied with possessions can also result in sleeplessness, digestive issues, headaches, and stress.

Such stress often brings on feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, and irritability. In fact, a 2019 study about nurses' stress and health shows that stress may contribute to hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Take a breath, slow down, and consider what you are living for. Is it yourself or your stuff?

Simple living enables you to enjoy the small things

Many tend to overcomplicate life. Letting go of things can be liberating, enabling you to see the beauty in simple pleasures, according to Minimalray. Basically, minimalism is the essence of happiness.

Simple pleasures are all around us. It can be the feel of sunshine on your skin, the smell of the earth after a rain, the satisfaction of a deep stretch, or your beloved pet greeting you when you come home.

Ask yourself which simple pleasures make you happy, make a list, and continue adding to it. You will be surprised by how those small, free things in life are actually the happiest.

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Simplicity makes you more grateful

When you live with less, you have more time to focus on yourself and your true needs. You will soon see what is important and feel gratitude for what you have, according to The Power of Positivity.

Gratitude is such a beneficial emotion, according to UC Davis Health, it has physical as well as emotional benefits. Being grateful may lower your risk for depression, reduce blood pressure, and improve your immune system. On the emotional side, gratitude paves the way for happiness as it deters negative feelings such as regret, envy, and resentment.

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Simplicity revives your soul

When you have less, you focus on the inside and not externals. Once you realize what is essential and what is not, you can restore a deep and soulful connection with yourself.

An essentialism mindset may free you from comparing yourself to others, according to The Power of Positivity. A study from Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy shows that social comparison results in depression and anxiety.

Forget about the next shopping spree. Shut off your electronic devices, drop your car keys, and head outside for a nature walk or a meditation. Many of the resources that help you connect internally are free! And once you let go of those outside distractions, you will have the time to reflect, feel calm, and reach within.

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Simplicity leads to deeper social connections

Having let go of the superfluous, you will seek deeper relationships. You may find that you now relate to those who appreciate you for who you are and not what you have, according to Minimalray.

When you get rid of those external distractions that fill your day, you will have more time to focus on meaningful relationships, be it with your spouse, your family, and your friends. And good relationships are fundamental to living that best life.

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