Can living a simple life make you happier? My answer to that question is a simple YES. My life used to be full of the trappings of modern life. I had the business that kept me chained to the wheel, I had the fancy wardrobe, the huge house and all the trimmings. At the time, I felt like I was living the good life, but the truth was, I was lonely and filled with a lack of purpose. It wasn’t until I moved to Tasmania and began to live a simple life, that I found a real sense of happiness. A happiness that came from within and wasn’t attached to any material possessions or outward validation.

In this blog post, I’m sharing why I believe living a simple life makes people happier.

Jul 9, 2020 | Simple Living | 0 comments

How Living A Simple Life Makes You Happier.

 

 A Life With Less Worry

While life is never worry-free, living a simple life will reduce your worry. By its nature, a simple life has less clutter, less stuff to maintain and fewer balls to juggle. And the fewer balls you have to juggle in life the less worry you have. The less time you spend worrying about all the things you need to do, all the money you need to make and all the people you need to impress, the more time you have to connect with yourself. And with the people who matter to you.

By choosing to live a simple life, you’re eschewing the trappings of modern success, freeing up time to spend with family and friends. Creating strong human connections alleviates stress and reduces the likelihood of loneliness, which carries a proven link to depression. Science has shown that people within communities live happier lives.

Living A Simple Life Gives You Time To Know Who You Are

We are all put on this earth for a purpose, but how can you know what that purpose is if you don’t know who you are? Our modern life is designed to keep us busy and distracted, all of that distraction keeps us looking outwards for direction and validation. By choosing a simple life, you are letting go of all the distractions that modern life offers you and freeing up time to get to know yourself.

The more you know yourself, the less you need to look for validation from others. Having the time to get to know what you like, and what makes your heart happy will help you find purpose in life. A purposeful life is a happy life.

Some ways to discover who you are include:

Journaling
Meditating
Trying new things to discover what you like

All of these things take time and focus, which you have plenty of when you’re living a simple life.

More Time To Cultivate Healthy Relationships

Human relationships are the lifeblood of a happy life. No person is an island.

The thing about healthy human relationships is that they take time. How can you expect to have a strong bond with your family and friends if you’re always at work? Choosing a simple life not only gives you the time to work on your relationships, but it also helps you to find new and creative ways of being with them. Instead of going to the movies and sitting in a dark room staring at a screen, you could go on a picnic. Sitting with people face to face, sharing food and conversation in the outdoors is a much more productive way of getting to know someone.

Because you’re also taking the time to get to know yourself, you’re able to share more of who you are with the people you love. Knowing yourself means you can share more of yourself, thereby creating deeper, more authentic connections with people. And because you’re no longer looking for outward validation, you’re secure and confident in yourself, so your relationships are less likely to be co-dependant or unhealthy.

Human relationships are the lifeblood of a happy life. No person is an island.

More Money in Your Pocket

It sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? By choosing to simplify your life, you’re not spending as much time at work, so you may not be earning as much. However, a simple life means less stuff to maintain. It means having fewer subscriptions to needless entertainment, less money spent on fancy car repayments and big mortgages. That means more discretionary income and possibly more savings.

Living A Simple Life = More Mindfulness

Mindfulness means being present in the moment, and a simple life certainly makes that easier.

Being in the present moment frees us from the tyranny of worrying about the future or dwelling in the past. This allows us to feel more gratitude for what we have in our lives right now. It follows then, if you’re spending more time doing what you love, there’s more to be grateful for.

Mastering The Art Of Being

Living a simple life helps us to master the art of being, rather than getting trapped in the cycle of doing. Letting go of the need to always strive for more, and the need for outward validation leads to a happier life. A life that allows you to discover who you are and to share your true self with other people, which in turn will enable you to enjoy deeper human relationships.

I wouldn’t trade my simple life for anything, and I hope this post encourages you to begin simplifying your own life. A simple life is a happy life.