There’s more to life than buying stuff.
There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their unique perspective. I’m sure you will too.
So fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea on this beautiful weekend. Find a quiet moment. And enjoy some encouraging words about finding more simplicity in your life today.
How Cognitive Traps Make It Harder to Let Go of Our Stuff | Psychology Today by Austin Perlmutter M.D. Three reasons we cling to things we don’t need, and how to avoid these pitfalls.
Creating the Habit of Not Being Busy | Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. Let’s get at the heart of this always-busy habit, and then reverse it.
You Are Not Your Clothes | Medium by Siva Shanmugam. It’s time to accept that you have lost reason when it comes to buying clothes.
What’s an Experience Worth? The Math Is Tricky* | The Wall Street Journal by Kevin McAllister. Increasingly, people are valuing experiences over things. But the hard part is knowing how to compare the two.
*WSJ may require a digital subscription to access.
Barbara Strangfeld says
My suggestion is that if you are recommending articles, do not use those behind paywalls. I do regularly buy books, newspapers and magazines so it is not that I expect authors to write for free but in this type of venue, the recommended articles should be available to all. Enjoy your blog & books very much!
Was hoping the article on clothing would be helpful, that’s my biggest challenge, however did not finish it due to the unnecessary langauge used.
I normally enjoy the posts you point our way Joshua.
Sorry that one of them this time had some very unsavoury language in it.
Would have been an interesting article otherwise
joshua becker says
Thank you for the comment Angela. I did not write the article, but found the cultural aspects interesting, informative, and important. For that reason I included it, even though I would have chosen different words. Of course, if I excluded from linking to every article where I would have chosen different words than the author… I’d run out of links real quick. I am glad you found the article equally interesting.
I know it’s not your fault Joshua, just thought I would mention it.
I know it’s the way things are.
I shall continue to read your emails, love what you do.
How about being minimalist with our words? Two great mantras:
Do I really need this?
What can I get rid of today?