Maximizing Happiness through Minimalism (Ann Marie Godfrey)

By April 12, 2017 Culture No Comments

Perhaps you have seen the popular television show on HGTV “Mighty Tiny Houses” or pictures on social media of stark white rooms with little furniture. Whatever the case may be, we have all seen examples of what the world calls minimalism. Too often people perceive minimalism as some weird hippie movement of which they would never partake. However, a new type of minimalist movement has recently come into light, or perhaps we should say the correct definition of minimalism has finally been found.

Being a minimalist does not mean that you must give away all your belongings, quit your job, and travel in an R.V. for the rest of your life. Nor does it mean you cannot own a book collection or drawers of makeup. A minimalist does what gives him/her happiness while still enjoying a life of simplicity. The concept behind minimalism is that if you own and buy less, you will only have what you need and what makes you happy. To quote Emily Gilmore, “If it brings you joy, you keep it; and if it doesn’t, you throw it out.” While this may seem ruthless and even wasteful, it truly creates simplicity and freedom. We may not realize it, but the mounds of junk that pile up in drawers and closets do weigh on our mind. To own less and to own what you love is freeing mentally as well as physically. Though minimalism may still seem to you an absolutely absurd idea, consider trying it out. Start small. Minimize a closet, a room, or just a drawer. Trust me, it’s addicting.

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