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This edition is all about minimalism. It’s a simple concept that you can apply to many areas of life, decreasing the stress you’re feeling day-to-day and increasing the level of your happiness. If you’re new to the idea, don’t worry — check out the videos below to get started.
Here we go.
This video is a great intro to minimalism and how it can transform not only the physical objects we surround ourselves with, but also ourselves as people.
Minimalism can help you optimize your wardrobe for happiness.
It can also help you get out of debt and set yourself up for long-term financial success (which also leads to great health because of the greatly decreased stress)
It can help you adopt new habits that will make turning your finances around easy and fun! (+ Simantha has lots of great videos on minimalism + low buy/no buy lifestyle: hugely underrated YouTube channel in my opinion)
To maintain the simple, clutter-free life we’re creating, we have to get better at defence: actively stopping new posessions that don’t provide real value from entering our lives. (offence is decluttering in this metaphor: more in the video) :)
Have a big family & worried that minimalism might only be for single, monk-like people? No! Minimalism with kids is definitely doable and awesome, as Joshua shows. (Also, see another famous minimalist, Leo Babauta and his 6 children:)
Minimalism doesn’t have to stop at material possessions. Letting go of extra pounds is a form of minimalism too :)
The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.
— Stephen Pressfield
“Truthfully, though, most organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding.”
— Joshua Fields Millburn, “Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists”
“Unless you contribute beyond yourself, your life will feel perpetually self-serving. It’s okay to operate in your own self-interest, but doing so exclusively creates an empty existence. A life without contribution is a life without meaning. The truth is that giving is living. We only feel truly alive when we are growing as individuals and contributing beyond ourselves. That’s what a real life is all about.”
— Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
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