It is the final day of the “Less Things, More Happiness” challenge. As a recap, the goal of each day of the challenge is to test out practices that will bring you happiness (based on extensive science) and focus on minimalism (not having to spend tons of money to do so).
That’s the beauty of happiness. A lot of what brings it isn’t expensive.
Today, was a day of pondering. I watched this interesting TED Talk by Simon Dabbicco, which you can see below:
It raised some interesting points on possessions (or the lack of them). One of them I had thought a lot about already was the topic of possessions controlling our lives. Even if I go outside and say that I only need water, air, and food to be happy … I go back home to all these possessions that chain me down to that location.
Part of me believes I still need the ironing board, iron, space heater, vacuum cleaner, electronic shaver, and everything else in my room. It is tough to lug all of this stuff around. Those who do fall under the category of what I like to call “mainstream travel.” They almost bring their entire homes with them, go for a short one or two week “vacation” to a commercial tourist location, and then come home.
Arguably, these items do make life easier. But it also means that I am truly not completely free to live a happy life without them. These possessions chain me down from traveling.
I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that I should learn to live without them if needed. If I had the money, I could buy these on my journey when needed. Heat to keep my body warm can be provided in other forms, like a blanket or heating of a hotel room. I can buy shaving essentials if need be.
Dabbicco brings up two interesting points:
- Most people fall into the trap of modern life where they buy all these items that they think they need but don’t by working a job they hate. They get chained to their lifestyle.
- The best form of travel is one where you spend little or no money to really experience a location. Avoid the tourist trap of eating the same food at the same restaurants you do at home.
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