10 (different) commandments…for a simple and happy life!

10 (different) commandments…for a simple and happy life!

Want more happiness? A simpler life? Check out these 10 Commandments…

via Kathy Gottberg and the Huffington Post

My husband Thom and I have been on the path of simplifying our lives for several years. Every now and then we like to sit down and discuss ways we can better live that example. So while we don't consider ourselves experts on the subject, we do think it's helpful to list what we consider to be most important. Then once our priorities are firmly in place we can stay focused on living as simply and effectively as possible.

So here are our Top 10 Commandments:

1. You get to make it up. If we've learned anything about simple living or minimalism in the last 10 years it is that there is no final authority or rules you have to follow. Each of us gets to decide the way that we create a lifestyle that best reflects our deepest longings. So while these commandments are meant to reflect what Thom and I consider most important, be sure that they feel true to you before you follow them. When you find what works for you, don't let anyone tell you that you aren't doing it right.

2. The best things in life aren't things. We know this. In the deepest part of ourselves we know that the stuff we buy and own offers only temporary happiness. Freedom, peace of mind and joy are deep emotions that offset anything you can buy and possess. While what truly matters to me is likely somewhat different than what matters to you, it is seldom about stuff and usually about experiences. Decide what is important to you and what makes you deeply happy, and strive to fill your life with that.

3. Less is more. Most of us were raised with the idea that more is better-more money, more stuff, more productivity, more everything. Instead, what becomes apparent very easily is that all that "more-ness" only complicates, confuses and distracts us from the peace, joy and freedom that a minimal life offers. Seek quality versus quantity in all things. Recognize that everything you own, owns a piece of you in terms of time, money, energy and emotion–so choose wisely. Plus, by eliminating all the clutter from our too-busy minds and our over-packed lives, we find ourselves in the peaceful center of what's most important…

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