12 Reasons Why Living With Less Is Good For You
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Simplifying your life is not an easy task, but the rewards you get is truly life-changing.
There are so many amazing benefits a minimalist attitude could bring to your life.
Below are 12 reasons why you should give minimalism a try:
PEACE OF MIND
Before embracing minimalism, I was very unhappy with my life.
My mortgage, debts and closetful of stuff literally weighed me down. My situation just made me feel anxious, sad and depressed. I thought there was no way out.
But when I started clearing out my closets and getting rid of things that I didn’t need, I felt good inside.
When I have finally stopped going to the malls and instead paid off most of my debts, I was relieved!
There was something about clearing my life’s clutter that calmed my mind and soothed my soul.
So, how would you like going to bed and waking up in the morning with peace of mind? I say take the first step and change your life.
Embracing minimalism is like embracing freedom: Freedom from your earthly possessions. Freedom from stress. Freedom from depression. Freedom from fear. Freedom from regrets.
If you own less, then you don’t have to spend a lot of time organizing your closet or cleaning your space. Instead, you have the freedom to appreciate the things that really matter to you.
If you have less debt, then you don’t have to work long hours to pay it off. Instead, you will have more freedom to enjoy your time with the people you truly care about.
By living with less, we reclaim our time – and our freedom.
A lot of anxiety and stress is mostly caused by the chaos that surrounds you every day.
But when you focus on having less, your thoughts and attention are more centered.
In choosing to live with less, you eliminate the constant feeling of wanting – that strong urge to spend and splurge. In believing that you already have what you need and what matters, you eventually reduce your stress level and enhance your happiness.
When you have a lot of things, your focus is all over the place. It makes it hard for you to give the important things enough attention.
We tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking relationships with our parents, our spouse, our children and our friends.
Do you still spend quality time with your family? How many family dinners or special occasions did you miss because you had to work overtime? Do you still make time to reconnect with your close friends?
Minimalism is a tool that enables us to look past the material part of our life by paying attention to how we feel about our relationships and nurturing the ones we care most about.
Minimalism promotes a lifestyle focused on less consumerism and more personal meaning.
Living with only the bare essentials allows us to enjoy simple things such as a tidy room or a simple wardrobe. It also allows us to enjoy a feeling of contentment and gratitude. It allows us to be present and enjoy the moment.
With more time on our hands, we are able to pursue our passions and discover our missions. By finding our true purpose in life, we become happier and more grateful than ever.
LESS DEBT, MORE SAVINGS
Money, as the saying goes, is the root of all evil. It tears families apart, ruins marriages and relationships, and keeps people from being genuinely happy.
By simplifying our life – clearing the clutter, getting rid of the luxuries we don’t really need and stop making unnecessary purchases – we can focus on eliminating debt and making better financial decisions with fewer resources.
NO NEED TO WORK LONG HOURS
I used to work so hard by slaving myself 60 hours a week to acquire things that I don’t really
I had a three-bedroom house but I was never home. I was never home because I had to work two jobs. I had to work two jobs because I had debts to pay. I had a huge debt because I spent all of my money on things that didn’t give value to my life.
I missed out on more important things such as having meaningful relationships, new experiences and good health.
So next time you make a big purchase, ask yourself – would it actually add value to your life? Is it worth slaving yourself to a job that suck the life out of you?
MORE TIME FOR REST OR HOBBY
When I used to have two jobs, I would leave for work at eight in the morning and come home before midnight every single day. I even used to work on weekends and even holidays.
I literally had no time for rest or hobby. I also did not have enough time for a good, quality sleep.
On most days, I would just stay home because either I was too tired to hang out with other people, or was sick due to over-fatigue and lack of sleep.
I was also sad because I didn’t have the chance to pursue my passion (such as blogging) and other activities that make me happy.
Once we have more freedom with schedules and time, then we can truly enjoy a well-balanced life.
According to some research, experiences result in longer-lasting happiness than material possessions. People’s satisfaction with the things they buy decreases over time. Meanwhile their satisfaction with experiences increases over time.
Experiences also provide better memories. For example, I enjoy traveling because of the many memories I have traveling with my loved ones. I look back on those moments with great joy and fondness. I remember them far better than almost any of the physical gifts I have received in my life.
One of the most difficult tasks in terms of applying minimalism into my life is downsizing my closet.
When I moved to Canada, I only brought one big suitcase with me. Ten years later, I have accumulated way too much clothing, shoes and accessories big enough to fill at least 10 balikbayan boxes.
I already had donated about 5-7 bags of clothing, and yet I felt like I was not even done yet. To put it into perspective, I have probably spent at least $2,000-$3,000 on those donated clothing.
Just thinking about how much money I have wasted over the years really make me feel sad. With that money, I could have paid another credit card or purchased a flight ticket to Manila to visit my family.
There is value in simplicity. When we consume less, we create more meaningful life – and a simpler wardrobe to choose from.
Again and again, the bottom line of minimalism is to get rid ourselves of excess stuff and get more out of our lives.
However, we tend to hoard more items that what we actually need.
Have you ever been to the grocery store and ended up buying more “sale items” than what you actually need? Have you gone window shopping and ended up buying that dress that you will never wear? Have you gone out to bike around the neighborhood and ended up buying an item from a garage sale, which you probably will never ever use? Been there, done that. Guilty as charged.
Living with less is no easy task. It takes focus and dedication to actually make a big change. It should be clear to us that once the excess stuff is out of the way, staying organized is a breeze.
Remember: Less mess just simply means less stress.
GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
What people need to understand is that we all contribute to climate change. Our excessive consumerism leads to over-consumption that drains the Earth’s resources and accelerates climate change.
One of the benefits of minimalism is that it teaches us to live with intention and to be mindful of the consequences of our actions.
If we consume less, then we put less garbage in the landfill. Instead of buying plastic water bottles, get a reusable water bottle. Instead of using plastic straw, use metal straw or pasta, or just drink your beverage without them. Instead of buying plastic-wrapped foods, buy fresh food at the farmers’ market.
In our own small ways, we can reduce our eco-footprints, minimize pollution and help protect Mother Nature.
Is minimalism something you’ve considered before? How did it change your life? Please share your thoughts through the comments section below.