Hey everyone! Today’s topic is something I didn’t know was a thing until a couple weeks ago. I was checking out content similar to ours on YouTube and found several videos promoting polarizing opinions by comparing Minimalism and Materialism and suggesting that one is superior than the other in the video titles. This absolutely frustrates me as, for starters, polarizing media disgusts me. The short of it is: no way of living is superior to the other, or will guarantee you happiness (SPOILER ALERT: we all have to do that for ourselves), but there is a way of living that is best suited to you and your personality. This, of course, means doing the research and throwing on that thinking cap to find a method of living that sounds best to you.
We made this video to address these claims, and hopefully prevent anyone from falsely believing simply practicing a lifestyle would bring happiness.
Why Minimalism Won’t Make You Happy
Minimalism, or Materialism, won’t make you happy. Stuff doesn’t bring happiness, but rather a sense of relief. The things I have now bring a small smile to my face and I’m happy that I have the things I do, but they certainly don’t bring happiness, or joy. Happiness has to come from within.
We’ve mentioned a few times that we turned to Minimalism in order to live a happier life, but we never believed Minimalism itself would be the root of our happiness. We entered the process knowing we’d change, and that that change within us would be the root of our new happiness. Two years later, I can say the work I did in the very beginning still bears fruit today. I’m so much more grateful, careful, and thoughtful. I research purchases and think about what kind of a world I’m investing in with every dollar I spend. This way of thinking is a direct product from letting go of all the stuff that was caging me in for so long.
What Will Make You Happy?
I can’t really say for certain, as I’m not constantly living in a state of bliss, but I am happier than I was a few years ago due to constant reflection and improvements. Of course, I’m talking about self-reflection and self-improvements here.
Trevor and I self-reflect daily. It’s just become the thing that we talk about most, which might sound a little crazy. We’re constantly thinking about where we are and what our goals are, and we respectfully discuss them freely with each other to make sure the things we want are similar, or jive together with the wants of the other. This balance is key for not only personal happiness, but for the well-being of our marriage.
In terms of self-improvements, most of the growth I made was while going through our stuff. Reflecting on each item is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it. The things you learn about yourself will be relevant for the remainder of your life! This is why we say to go through your things slowly and to really consider the emotions, or baggage, you’ve attached to an item. Knowing and understanding these things helps you to better know yourself and face who you are and, in turn, love yourself for who you are.