Need Less, Have More: Life Expands When We Eliminate the Excess

“Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.”  It seems like this Zen saying describes the difference between wisdom and knowledge quite well.

Simplicity is indeed really important as it reduces the heaviness in life. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” To make our lives simpler and happier, we need to remove excess from our lives, be it releasing excess possessions or excess wants.

For most people, improving their quality life means reducing stress and finding a way to feel less rushed and calmer. Things like bills, expenses and work can make experiencing happiness more difficult, but this doesn’t mean that they should make it impossible.

Living in the moment means living in the present moment and focusing on it more than you focus on the past or the future.  Focusing on the present helps one lead a simpler life in general. As already mentioned earlier, the quality of time decreases in a chaotic environment and when it is filled with more stuff. When you figure out what you want in life, you will start recognizing what you no longer need.  This will teach to say “no”; not in a rude way, but in a way that suggests that you need to spend time with yourself.

Making freedom and flexibility a priority is associated with many benefits, whether you choose to spend your time at home or traveling. These pleasures and the memories you make along the way will bring you more happiness and joy than any possession or large paycheck you get.  Forgetting about the idea of “more is better” is imperative.

While this concept runs counter to society`s expectations, how can a person enjoy life more than others if they live the same way? Removing clutter, eliminating the excess, and being grateful for the things and people that bring us joy is a great way to boost happiness and be more content with life than the average person.

Needless to say, change is often difficult, and making changes of this kind is not an exception. But, if you are truly willing to change yourself for the better, you will be able to find the time for more enjoyable activities. Here are some examples:

  • Time with loved ones
  • De-stressing
  • Hobbies
  • Passions
  • Watching savings accounts grow

Here is the simple method of Four Laws of Simplicity that can be applied to any area of life, and on life as a whole:

  1. Collect everything in one place.
  2. Choose the essential.
  3. Eliminate the rest.
  4. Organize the remaining stuff neatly and nicely.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. – Henry David Thoreau