Do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? I want to ask this again, do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? It is true.

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For years and years I thought the more stuff I had, the happier I would be: more motorcycles, more cars, more houses, more money, more, more more, I wanted more. What was I thinking? I guess I wasn’t, I was just trying to fit in.

It wasn’t until the last year or so that my wife and I realized, you do not need much to be happy. We learned the hard way. I think allot of people are finding this out these days too, and the less is more theory is becoming pretty trendy! My wife and I, after going through some very hard times and loosing almost everything, have truly found ourselves happier than ever.

What happened? We got rid of allot of stuff in our lives. Some of it was willingly and some of it was forced, either way we got rid of it and we are feeling much better. After getting rid of it, we now have more time for each other, we have more time for our friends and family, and we have more time for ourselves which is important too.

Is it not crazy that we spend so much of our time accumulating things to make ourselves happy, to only find that all the things we accumulated actually made us unhappy. This is just crazy to me!

Here are 7 facts that I believe to be true.

1. Material things can not make you happy. I don’t care how much stuff you have, none of it will make you happy.

2. Some of the richest people in the world are the least happy. When you spend all your time trying to buy your happiness, all you will get in return is unhappiness.

3. Obsessive pursuit of more stuff is not anyway to live your life. When all you obsess about is the pursuit of more stuff, it will leave you completely empty in about every area of your life.

4. Stop focusing all your time on outer wealth and start focusing your time on inner wealth. There is far greater value in inner wealth, than any type of outer wealth you will ever gain.

5. A life of less gives us the opportunity for: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more health, more love, and more security.

6. When you have to much, you tend to savor nothing. Think about it. If you had all the food you could eat would you honestly savor anything? Probably not.

7. All it does is blind you: When you get all the stuff out of your life that is blinding you from what is important, you end up seeing what is important like your: spouse, family, friends, and the larger community.

    Happiness is not as difficult as most people make it out to be. Take it from someone who learned the hard way. I wished someone would have told me this years ago, “You don’t need much to be happy. In fact, you actually need less to be happy”.


    Question: What other facts do you have about not needing much to be happy? How are you intentional about living a life of less is more?