157 // Can Minimalism Really Make You Happier?

The link between minimalism and psychological well-being may be that minimalists are better able to control their desires to consume. Today, we will go over how much minimalism can encourage you to focus on your needs outside of collecting physical goods, such as autonomy, competence, and the like that helps promote psychological growth over collecting objects that symbolize or show off one’s wealth.

 

What Is Minimalism?

new article published in the Journal of Positive Psychology suggests definite psychological advantages to adhering to a philosophy of minimalism and voluntary simplicity. We’ve all heard the phrase “money can’t buy happiness.” It’s almost like a shout into the void in the consumerist society in which we live. Minimalism offers an alternative that can be jarring compared to our norm. Minimalism aims to focus on reducing consumption and excess in one’s life so that you can focus on prioritizing your values over your things.

 

Simplicity Over Indulgence

To try and understand the relationship between minimalism and happiness, Joshua Hook of the University of North Texas and his team scoured research literature for studies published on the topic and found 23 studies they could use. Next, they tested to see how many of these studies supported their hypothesis that minimalism/voluntary simplicity is associated with enhanced psychological well-being. They found that, among the studies that included a numerical component, more than 80% reported a connection between voluntary simplicity and well-being!

 

Minimalist Lifestyle

The authors speculate that the link between minimalism and psychological well-being has to do with the fact that minimalists are better able to control their desires to consume. If you exert a significant amount of time, energy, and resources to maintain a lifestyle that looks wealthy or expensive, you have less time to spend with your family, to ask your partner or your kids how their day was, or do any of the things that make you happy.

A minimalist lifestyle promotes more time spent going inward rather than worrying about what your life looks like from the outside.

They also noted that minimalism might be more helpful for some groups than others. They found evidence that the relationship between minimalism and well-being is stronger for low-income and older participants.

They close this article with a quote from Hook that I’d also like to leave you with.

“It’s one of the biggest lies we can buy into that we just need more money, more material possessions, and more [fill in the blank] to be happy. These efforts don’t usually work. Instead, I think we need to think about other avenues to improve happiness, and living more simply might be something to try out.”

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