In a world of abundance, minimalism has found its way into the mainstream. Contrary to the popular notion that comforts and affluence help create a quality of life that leads to happiness, wellness experts profess the less material you cling to, the more peaceful and happier you get.
So, how do we define minimalist living?
Someone living a minimalist lifestyle is likely to have fewer clothes in the closet, less furniture and furnishings, sparse decoration, and a handful of essentials. The minimalist movement is not about affordability, but about downsizing possessions to focus on things that matter. By doing so, we discover happiness beyond the materialistic world.
If you think minimalism sounds like living a far-fetched life away from the city like a hermit, you are not alone. But that’s not what minimalism is about. Being a minimalist is to value the finer experiences of life over materialistic belongings. Hence, the idea is to keep what you need and get rid of things you don’t. Clarity, purpose, and simplicity underline the value system that is minimalism. No wonder, wellbeing today, is synonymous with minimalism. Corporate leaders, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and people from different walks of life pursue a spartan lifestyle to remove distractions and focus on important things.
An increasingly popular concept in this age, minimalism promises numerous long-term benefits—it changes your perspective towards life; it helps declutter the mind; it encourages you to live a life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions. A study conducted at University of California, Money for Happiness: The Hedonic Benefits of Thrift concludes: “Thrift, a lifestyle of strategic under-consumption, offers a compelling alternative to consumerism, materialism, and overconsumption.” In this feature, Soulveda explores why minimalism is gaining popularity and the benefits associated with this eccentric yet wholesome concept.
Peace of mind and clarity
When you declutter your house, you do the same for your mind. Living with fewer belongings means less distractions and stimulations around you, which helps your mind stay calm and focused. You get clarity on what is important and what is not, as you start observing the finer experiences life has to offer. Your happiness no longer relies on your possessions.