On a personal note, thank you so much for the continued support of Becoming Minimalist. June was our most popular month ever as the message of simplicity and minimalism reached over 200,000 unique readers. The momentum continues to grow. Thank you for being part of the community and a special thanks to each of you who intentionally share this website with their friends. I do not take your support for granted in any way.
This weekend, I am really excited to share some wonderful articles and authors promoting simplicity. I hope you find as much encouragement in them as I did. Please, fix yourself a nice cup of coffee, tea, or lemonade. Find a quiet moment to take a nice, deep breath. And enjoy some encouraging words about finding more simplicity in your life today.
How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It) | Lifehacker by Mikael Cho. Interesting research has recently identified the two areas in your brain that light up in response to letting go of items you own.
Collect Accomplishments, Not Stuff | The Simple Dollar by Trent Hamm. If you find your wallet being slowly drained by your desire to collect something, try a different tactic. Start collecting experiences instead.
Reconsidering our Gift-Giving Habits | The Washington Post by Carolyn Hax. I think it’s time to ask ourselves every time: Does this thing I’m about to buy have any chance of being important to its recipient?
Measuring Materialism in Children’s Books | Phys.org by Jon Reidel. As the research would seem to indicate, the continual reinforcement of materialistic behavior and consumerism starts at a very young age.