Being happy with less has become a powerful mindset not only to survive but also thrive in these uncertain times.
Over the last twelve months we have all realised how quickly and profoundly life can change.
From one day to the next, livelihoods were destroyed, jobs put on hold and income became sparse.
Even in the richest countries in the world, people were actually going hungry.
It is now blatantly obvious that so easily we can all slip into poverty within just a short period of time.
Now is a good time to step back and reflect on how we can become more resilient and navigate financial insecurity during times of uncertainty.
One of the best options to succeed is to be happy with less, but how can you be happy with less without losing out?
It’s all about mindset based on your personal values. Once you are clear about your values, you can take conscious action every day to live by them.
To be happy with less is based on values such as independence, simplicity, lightness, health and self-sufficiency.
Here are three ways to be happy with less you can start to implement in your everyday life to make a positive difference:
1. Re-evaluate what you really need
When it comes to spending money, it is easy to develop habits, like buying a new phone every two years, renew subscriptions you no longer need or making those impulse purchases while out shopping.
Even when buying food we often fall into marketing traps for processed meals and comfort snacks.
But cooking from scratch isn’t just healthier, it can also save you money and even time, when cooking in batches.
It is time to prioritize your needs and carefully think about whether a purchase is really necessary.
What can you buy second-hand rather than new?
I’ve taken my son’s old LG phone, which is five years old and still works perfectly fine. I don’t need another phone until this one packs in and can’t be repaired. I have no desire to buy the latest tech or a certain brand.
This takes me to…
2. Stop striving
Striving towards bigger, better, latest model, latest fashion, latest trend, etc. Avoid following social media accounts that make you feel lacking or inferior.
Jump off the FOMO train, let go of the need to compete with others in terms of possessions, the struggle of climbing career ladders.
Take a step back and explore what is stressing you in terms of striving.
Is it really necessary? Are you trying to fit in or fulfilling other people’s expectations?
You may have been raised in surroundings where money and status are important, but think about making choices that reflect your true personality and inherent talents.
3. Live life at a slower pace
There is no need to be highly productive every day. It is okay to reduce your to-do list, not eating on the go, or being late when it is beyond your control.
People tend to spend more money when they feel stressed and under pressure. Retail therapy often involves wasting money for short-term satisfaction.
Relax. Do less. Reduce stress to spend less.
Rather than going to the gym, go for a brisk walk in nature. Sit down on a bench half way for a quiet moment of peace and taking some deep breaths.
Cultivate a feeling of being content with the simple joys surrounding you. This way you will find it easier to improve your spending habits and be happy with less.
Have fun exploring how you can be happy with less, and let me know what works for you. I’d love to hear from you 🤩
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