HAVE MORE FUN, LESS STUFF
"More fun, less stuff" is a slogan of one of my favorite organizations, New American Dream, and it concisely conveys the goal behind these non-consumption challenges to gain more happiness by having less stuff.
As I've said before, stuff can make us happy. But we can also reach a point where we're blindly consuming for the sake of consuming, filling our homes and our lives with things - not because we love them, but because we've been convinced by some advertising firm that we need them. You would think that with all of our wealth, Americans would be the happiest people in the world, but studies have shown time and time again, that we're not. We live in gigantic houses and have all the latest technology and fancy cars to drive and a world of entertainment at our fingertips, and yet we're still not happy.
Not to get all cliché here, but...Money can't buy happiness, you can't buy me love, and the best things in life are free. (Okay, okay, the clichés were totally on purpose.)
Hopefully as you shift your spending habits to a life with less consumption, you'll also find more money to spend on things you really love, more time to spend with people you love, and more fulfillment doing things you love.
Here are just a few ways you can have more fun with less stuff:
- Make friends.
- Get outdoors.
- Use the library.
- Rent and borrow instead of buy.
- Go digital.
- Get a membership to a museum or zoo.
- Take a class.