We long for more, but yearn for simplicity.
Why is it that we never seem to have enough? I think it is faulty thinking. We think having more, doing more, seeing more, will bring us happiness, but is really simplicity that brings us closer to happiness. Take a few minutes this week and work on simplifying your life.
Simplify Your Life
- Throw things out. Throwing out physical things doesn’t end there. It tends to allow you to clear mental space, too.
- Give things away. Better yet, don’t throw out the things that someone else could use. I like to collect the things I want to get rid of until someone asks me to donate them. Then I can say “Yes” and feel doubly good.
- Light candles at night and leave the lights off. Candles help slow the pace of your life and let you reflect on the happiness available in each moment. Even better, share the candle-lit time with a loved one.
- Simplify your goals. Most people try to do too many things at once. Pick only one goal in each area of interest and pursue. When I think of exercising, I tend to want to start in on too much for too long. Just pick one activity, like yoga, and do it for five minutes three days a week. Do this for two to four months and then expand the goal or begin work on another.
- Rearrange your living and work space. Organizing physical spaces forces you to think through priorities in your life. It is an essential exercise that we do not usually take time to do.
- Choose one! Choose just one item from the list above for this week. Do not choose more! You can come back to this list each week and check in, but success will be easier with a simple goal.
Would you like more ideas on simplicity? You should of course check out Leo Babauta on Zen Habits. He has very refreshing thoughts on simplicity.
You can also check out our complete list of happiness ideas in our book, 101 Ways You Can Find Happiness.