The Key to True Happiness is NOT in MORE but in LESS – Minimalism

Strong word “Expressive Content”, which you can observe spreading like fire, thanks to our present social media speed boosters and hunger for advertisements. But do you know there is another phrase exactly opposite art of living but way more self-satisfying and helps in developing sustainable means of living called “Minimalism”. Derived from “Minimal Art” which is a library of abstract painting and sculpture where any kind of personal expression is kept to a minimal, in order to give the work a completely literal presence. Or in other words, an art defined by extreme simplicity of form, No Add-ons, no annotation, no advertisements.

This concept can also be capitalized in our daily lives. In recent news, Tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Google are joining forces with international organizations to help identify and head off famines in developing nations using data analysis and artificial intelligence. Why? The world storage of food for humans is depleting day by day with other important resources as well and there might be a day where the food storage would not be able to supply the consumer demand. Scary? I bet.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said “The fact that millions of people – many of them children – still suffer from severe malnutrition and famine in the 21st century is a global tragedy,”. Last year more than 20 million people faced famine conditions in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, while 124 million people currently live in crisis levels of food insecurity, requiring urgent humanitarian assistance for their survival.

How can we save from occurring such a crisis? – “Minimalism”.

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately and helps you to pursue purpose-driven lives.

Benefits of Minimalism

  1. Eliminate our discontent
  2. Reclaim our time
  3. Live in the moment
  4. Pursue our passions
  5. Discover our missions
  6. Experience real freedom
  7. Create more, consume less
  8. Focus on our health
  9. Grow as individuals
  10. Contribute beyond ourselves
  11. Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  12. Discover purpose in our lives

The concept existed for ages, but the blinding light of e-commerce home delivery service and social media platforms has distracted us from the real problem. We have not put much light on the upcoming crisis we might face. But now is the hard time we start utilizing this concept for the betterment of our and our surrounding lives. By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness—and that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself; thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.

For example, utilizing our food resources responsibly by cutting down our waste to zero. Depending upon the minimum count of clothes we need by avoiding the full stacked wardrobe. Distinguishing between most and almost important things for your survival and releasing yourself from the least important once.

Mountaineer/Trekkers are best suitable examples to see the concept minimalism get capitalize in the real world. A well-trained trekker develops the quality of minimalism without even realizing that he/she is implementing it. He challenges himself/herself to survive on the most essential things he owns on a trek so that the weight of his bag does not hinder his jest of exploring the mountains and living beside the best possible mountain views.

Minimalist like Jennifer Lawrence, Steve Jobs, Robert Pattinson, Keanu Reeves saw this world from a different perspective. One might think that the life of a minimalist is easier for the middle class, but for those who are “well to do,” it is too easy to get caught up in the life of money; that one might be forced into a lifestyle of excess by their profession, environment, and their peers. This may be true, but there are those that are able to transcend the excess of their chosen profession and focus on the things that matter in life.

Join us in the zest of being truly happy and satisfied in less. Any Individual who believes there is workaround is welcome to input his/her opinion. Also, your supporting comments would really help widespread this lifestyle for the betterment of the coming generation. Living in harmony with wild and nature is the only key to true happiness.

Discovering Simplicity (Audio by Joshua Becker)

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Hemant Khandagale

Comments

Harshitha H R
October 2, 2018
Solution for soo many problems that's alive within ourselves and in the surroundings. A thoughtful article!
October 2, 2018
Thank you Harshi. You know the problems also arise from within ourselves. So it's natural to find solutions. But what more important is to filter our lifestyle to focus on the real problems you face everyday.
Aakshi C
October 3, 2018
Nice one, Hemant! Another example of the fact that states - Create Solutions if you can't find one! Keep inspiring :)
Sagar Mopagar
October 22, 2018
Truly valuable advice to current generation including me. We are constantly distracted and clinging more than ever to materials and further distancing ourselves from nature and contentment that comes from living with it. Animals, birds and plants seem to be the best followers of minimalist approach. I haven't seen greedy birds or plants. They don't even want to store much for tomorrow. They live life one day at a time. Hence, they seem to be happy and relaxed. Although, it's not going to be easy to shrugg off our attachments to many a things we deeply like, it's important introspect and find out which ones are draining our energies and time by giving not much true joy in return. Smartphone addiction, especially with respect to social media, is one such pervasive example. The days I use less of FB, WhatsApp and Quora for passing time, I feel more fresh. I don't admonish usage of these for recreational purpose. This group's FB page is one example. But if I am only looking at people's ordinary posts about their lunch at X restaurant and check-in at Y airport, then that's a wastage of time. I don't like to deviate from the topic. Just wanted to mention that addiction is sophisticated and self-deceiving. The lesser the happier. Once again thank for the article.

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