“But I deal with this by meditating and by understanding I’ve been put on the planet to serve humanity. I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world.”
By Sandra Cisneros
This economic movement refers to the tendency to reduce anything to the essential, stripped of surplus elements. The minimalist economy seeks simplicity and reduction to eliminate all symbolic allusion and focus on basic issues.
An informal current has emerged in recent years dedicated to recommending and promoting anti-materialism as a way of life under the name of Economy of Happiness. It is about encouraging an anti-consumerist way of life that vindicates the meaning of life beyond material possessions, returning people to the center of everything for the pursuit of happiness.
Many hate the material, and do not know well why. They feel that material binds us instead of liberating us. Excess materialism makes us less creative and more unhappy. And that not only is it something individual, but an extremely materialistic society becomes corrupt and self-destructive, despises poverty, animals and nature. In this respect there is already a whole series of theories that relate money, time and happiness.
Many researchers have banished the relationship between money and happiness. Reality indicates that, once we have reached a living standard level where we can cover our basic needs, each unit of additional money does not add greater happiness to our lives.
The minimalist current influences the economic thought and especially the administration, as a way to increase the marginal happiness of our resources. That is, to exploit our economic resources in the way that makes us happiest possible.
Why, how, when and what we buy makes a big difference in our financial lives. The secret is to limit consumption without having a bad time.
If you have few or many things, do not waste time with them, spend that time in human relationships, knowledge, which is really important.
What minimalism really intends is that people are the center of the whole. Let nothing material take more attention than yourself.
Some minimalist actions to improve our economy
Minimalism is not about consuming anything, but about consuming only what we need, and at the same time letting go of what we do not need. This is precisely what the minimalist theory recommends regarding the search for happiness.
– Donate what we no longer need.
– Sell what we do not need and that money donate it to a positive purpose that makes us feel well.
– Sell what we do not need and buy what we need.
– Write down our daily expenses and control them.
– Never deprive us of what we like.
– Do not be impulsive, think twice before making a purchase.
– Think about saving to ensure your financial freedom.
– Think about innovative entrepreneurial ideas that bring social benefits that improve the quality of life of people, and that eventually will help you to improve your personal financial and economic situation.
The strategy basically consists of having exactly what you need with you, getting rid of what saturates you and beginning to believe in higher aspects for your life.
What benefits does minimalism have for the personal and global economy?
– It makes you more productive.
– Adaptability and flexibility in the difficult moments of life.
– The most paradoxical thing: the possibility of getting rich easier.
– It brings us greater social awareness regarding the sensitivity to poverty.
– It makes us more worried about the environment.
– You are more sensitive to human and animal suffering.
– It makes us more thrifty and allows us to have more money to invest better.
– Gives room for redistribution and poverty reduction.
There is a whole minimalist movement that tells us that we can be happier with less. It’s about managing our economy by guiding us to be happy instead of just thinking about treasuring more.
It guides us to be more creative, more tied to ideas and less to the material. Change the axis of the objective of our lives in the sense that we are oriented to be more productive in the pursuit of happiness.
Minimalism economy will be a great change in our lives for whoever takes the chance to live under this new circumstances far away from materialism. This mindset change may be very positive as understanding the world out of the capitalism system could bring us a deeper conscience about what is really needed to be happy. The perfect well-paid job, the perfect house in front of the sea, a bank account with a balance of more than 6 digits… Is these really needed to succeed? Do we need to think on what the others may think or just think about us, about our circumnstances and make them the greatest possible?