We all want to feel successful but is society's current measure of success healthy, meaningful and good for the soul?
Too often in our materialistic and status driven society people are seen as successful because of
- the job that they do
- how much they earn
- how many hours they work
- where they live
- the size of their house
- how they dress
- the car that they drive
- how busy they are
- their social life
- their physical appearance
- the holidays that they take
- the technology that they own
- their social networking profile
- their relationship status
- who they know
- their background
- their education
- how stressed they are!!!
Striving to achieve these things often leads to disillusionment, debt, stress and possibly ill health. Are these measures of success fragile and shallow?
Minimalism and simple living can inspire you to stop chasing material possessions and status and to focus instead on defining yourself in a different way.
If you live a simpler life you can be a successful and happier person because you
- don't follow the crowd
- are not striving for the next big thing
- are relaxed
- are content with what you've got
- have more time to devote to your relationships
- have less distractions
- are creative
- are resourceful
- enjoy your own company
- contribute to your community
- care about others less fortunate than yourself
- share what you have however little
- don't compare yourself to others
- don't take yourself too seriously
- have time to think clearly
- have time to appreciate everyday pleasures
- don't judge
- give more than you take
- accept yourself for what you are
- follow your passions
- value relationships over possessions
Is a simpler life a more successful life?
Food for thought.