Minimalism is a movement that has gained a lot of traction over the past decade. It is a movement that emphasizes the power of less. Minimalism believes less is more and that too many items, projects, etc., only clutter the mind and physical space. Minimalist’s generally believe that minimalism is the key to happiness, or at least it can increase the chances of happiness. But why do they stand by this belief so strongly? We’ll be exploring that in this article. Here are five reasons why some people think minimalism is the key to happiness.
- The Comfort Zone – We all know what the comfort zone is. The comfort zone is where you feel safe, secure, and in charge. Much growth doesn’t occur in the comfort zone; therefore, it does lead to stagnation. Feelings of stagnation can lead to feelings of sadness. However, this doesn’t really explain why minimalists believe in the power of minimalism.
Let’s see this from another perspective. Why are people so comfortable in their comfort zone? (Besides the comfort), it is because they are attached to the items or materials in that comfort zone. Minimalism is not just about material possessions; it’s also about emotional attachments. When you choose to be a minimalist, you become less attached to things and places which means it’s easier to leave and walk away. Leaving the comfort zone is often scary and painful, but growth doesn’t occur in stagnancy.
- Simplicity Equals Answers – It goes without saying that the simpler a task or activity is, the easier it is to complete. This holds true in minimalism. Minimalists believe that through simplification, it is easier to address issues in one’s life. The problem is when there is so much baggage, mentally and physically, it can be hard to find the root of the problem. Of course, clearing out emotional baggage is easier said than done, but it is important to learn to let go of that which no longer serves you. Holding on to such things only brings you grief and pain.
- The Source of Joy – When you have less baggage, physically and emotionally, to worry about, you know what truly. Minimalists believe that without the clutter surrounding you, you will be able to identify the things that truly bring you joy. You will then be able to focus on such things. Your source of joy can be multiple sources. However, minimalists believe you can only see these sources properly when you are not preoccupied with baggage.
- Absence or Minimization of Distractions – Distractions are everywhere. There are things put in place to distract us and grab our attention, such as social media. Minimalists believe that if you are a minimalist, you are less likely to be distracted because there isn’t much that can distract you. Living in a highly digital world can be stressful, especially when we have what seems like the whole world at the touch of a button. However, it is important to practice minimalism in your digital space. Keep the apps you need and let go of the rest. Sometimes these apps only cause you pain and grief so why do you keep going back to them? It’s time to let go.