Minimalism is growing in popularity. In some aspects, it’s becoming a fad. Although there are obvious physical benefits to minimizing your objects, what about mental benefits? Are minimalists happier?
JOY OF DECLUTTERING
In the short term, decluttering your space brings tons of joy. Seeing your “out” pile grow and your space become clearer is immensely satisfying. For some time after you declutter, you’ll feel a sense of pride and joy when you see your minimal space. As time goes on, the effect will wear off as you get used to the new space. While it lasts, it’s lovely, though.
SIMPLIFICATION OF LIFE
Minimalism made my life so much easier! Cleaning takes much less time, as does laundry and getting dressed. I used to have to dedicate hours of doing laundry, cleaning, etc. Now, it doesn’t take much time at all. I can easily clean the kitchen quickly while I’m waiting for water to boil, so our place stays clean. This has definitely made my life so much easier, and I’m happier for it.
LEARN TO REFLECT
After some time with minimalism, you move from reflecting on your possessions to your thoughts, time, and your values. For me, minimalism sparked many healthy self-reflection practices–from mindfulness to journalling. This self-awareness can increase your quality of life.
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Minimalists generally develop a better understanding of what makes them happy over time. While many of us think possessions and new things make us happy, it quickly fades. Minimalists identify the things that make them happy in the long term and chase those instead of objects.
MORE TIME FOR PASSIONS
All the time minimalists save cleaning, shopping, and by saying “no” leads to more free time for passions that truly make them happy. For example, more time to create art, bake, etc.
SHIFT TOWARDS EXPERIENCES
Minimalists tend to focus their spending more on experiences rather than possessions. This leads to developing positive memories, instead of just accumulating stuff.
While minimalism may not be the key to happiness for everyone, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Minimalists can experience many benefits compared to the average person. From saving time to spending it wisely, it’s easy to see how minimalism makes some people happier.