Stuff.. more Stuff… and even more Stuff… Happy yet?
Stuff has become a dominate factor in most people’s lives. A need to keep up with the Jones’s and wealth being measured in things. But it does not bring happiness.
OK… I like stuff to, but it is important to know that the stuff should be something that enhances our lives, not dictates how our lives should be lived.
Clutter has caused many of us to loose focus on what is important. Again, this adds to the stress of life. I do not suggest I am perfect…. but I do know how to identify and correct problems. Over the last couple years, we have started the reduction of clutter in our lives. Everything from financial stress to stuff. We have learned that there is a line that when crossed adds to stress and reduces our happiness.
Happiness is a state of mind. When the mind is cluttered it does not function well. Remember back in the day when you crammed for tests… your mind was so full of information that it could never operate efficiently. Yeah, you may have passed the test, but you could have done better had you taken it with a mind that was prepared and not stressed. Our happiness is not dependent on other people. Keeping up with the Jones’s just leads to chasing our tail. Getting deeper in debt and ultimately living someone else’s dream instead of your own. When we declutter and take on our own dreams we tend to be happier.
Now I know that this is not a one size fits all post. Some people have a strong desire to have more stuff… it makes them happy… until it doesn’t anymore.
What I have seen is people that have a constant need to have the best and newest. I remember in High School when everyone had to have an Izod shirt. That little alligator was a status symbol that meant you were part of the “haves”. I think my shirt had a turtle on it or something, we were not poor or ever went without, but I have never been a fashion guy.. just ask my wife, she’s happy when I match sox. But having the alligator was keeping up with the Jones’s, and that made High School kids happy. But then we grow up. Those of us that no longer chase the alligator move on to happy lives. Those that keep chasing it never seem happy.. and that is sad.
A reduction of clutter in the home is also a stress reducer. The home is easier to maintain and allows for life to go one. Have you ever seen the TV show “Hoarders”? Those folks are never happy and life is a mess. So reduce clutter in your life and you see happiness become real.
Stay tuned for our final part of this series on Friday… Your Happiness Tip #3. People in your life!
Thanks again for hanging out with us here at our Happy Place. A Place where Happiness is the plan!
Have a Happy Day!