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3 Minimalist Ways to Find More Joy in Your Everyday Life

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find all manner of different gadgets, treats, consumer goods, and entertainment options and have them delivered to your house before you even have time to think twice about the wisdom of your purchase.

Beautiful golden sky, with mountains and a woman expressing her joy.

On the one hand, it’s good to have choices, but on the other hand, far too many of us these days are caught in a bubble of chronic consumption where we are always looking for joy and satisfaction in new purchases and expenses.

Here are a few minimalist ways to find more joy in your everyday life, instead.

Tidy and organize your home, and keep it that way

In all likelihood, your home is where you spend most of your free time – so it seems to stand to reason that your home should be as much of an uplifting and life-affirming environment as possible.

Far too often, though, we neglect the state of our homes and allow them to become cluttered, messy, and stressful. Then, in the absence of the peace and appreciation we should feel in our own homes, we go shopping in order to feel better about ourselves.

Begin by tiding and organizing your home instead. A quick web search for terms like carpet cleaner near me should put you in touch with experts who can help you with the process, and from there it’s mostly a matter of doing a Marie Kondo-style audit of your belongings, and establishing an order in your home that makes it actually feel like things fit together properly.

The trick, then, is keeping your home in that condition. But once your home is tidy and organised, you’ll find it much easier to be content, grateful, and satisfied there.

Force yourself to get out of your head more often, by having an action-oriented approach to life

A lot of emotional trouble seems to have something to do with constant rumination and introspection. If you are plagued by self-doubt, and you spend a huge chunk of your time sitting around and engaging with your feelings of self-doubt, you’re probably only going to head into a destructive downward spiral.

On the other hand, when you force yourself to get out of your head more often, by having an action-oriented approach to life, will often be able to find relief from your own thought patterns, not to mention insight and fulfilment in the things you encounter out there in the external world.

Even doing chores around the house can help to break the cycle of rumination.

Try out a bit of “digital minimalism,” especially when hanging out with friends and family

Research shows that the more time people spend on social media, the more anxious and depressed they are, and the more worried they become that they are “missing out” on things.

The Internet is an amazing tool, but the reality is that spending too much time mindlessly surfing the web – and especially engaging with social media – is likely to take you out of the present moment and rob you of a lot of the joy and enthusiasm you should feel in everyday life.

Try a bit of “digital minimalism,” instead. See how much of each day you can spend in a “low-tech” state.

When you’re hanging out with friends and family, in particular, make a point of not checking your phone or getting distracted by any of your other preferred gadgets. You may be amazed by how much richer the social experience actually becomes then.

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  1. My husband loves to live a minimalist lifestyle. Uncluttering and having a low tech positive attitude is great advice.

  2. I think that being online all the time cam make people depressed for sure! I think we all are on it WAY more often than we should. I try to cut it down, some days I am better at it than others.

  3. I 100% agree. You can sit on the couch and wallow, or you can get up and just walk around the neighborhood. Simple things can make a big difference, including de-cluttering the home! Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I am working on tidying my home. It's not a mess per say, but there is clutter. And yes, I give myself a break on digital stuff. I love to read, so I make sure I pick up a book :)

  5. Last summer I helped my mom put her house on the market, and it has helped me realize that I want to have less stuff in my own home. Since I'm older, I don't have trouble putting my phone away.

  6. Great ideas! I could definitely stand to spend less time on social media. It can really be mentally and emotionally draining.

  7. I really enjoyed reading this post. These are all really great tips and ideas. I really do enjoy the minimalism approach.

  8. I totally agree with all your ideas. I don't like clutter at all so the house is organized to my liking. And I don't spend so much time on my phone now. I'd rather watch shows with my fam.


  9. This is a very timely for me as I seek something that will keep me more on track. Tidying up is just everything for me. When everything is organized, I tend to focus more and increase my productivity.

  10. These are some great ideas. In fact, when I'm stressed I tend to clean. It's a great stress reliever for me.

  11. I am an idea person...like a master brainstormer. But I need to be more action-oriented so my big ideas become reality. I know that reaching my goals would definitely bring me joy.

  12. I love these useful tips Terri! I need to reduce the amount of time on tech devices. Tech gadget is my biggest distraction.

  13. Having 3 kids running around, The house gets cluttered and messy - and Yes that ends up being very stressful. I try really hard to be off my technology when I'm around friends and family (unless it's needed for work).


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