April 12, 2016

Living a Simple, Happy Life

The longer we live in the country, the more I realize the benefits of living life simply. The newest purses, clothes and jewelry no longer bring the same excitement. Having fancy decorations and technology doesn't leave me jealous of those who have them. Instead, I appreciate what I have more, delight in a good bargain, make things I have last longer and focus on the simple things that make me happy. 


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Little House Lifestyle

The Little House Lifestyle is what I'm calling this new lifestyle, which is really based on a whole new way of thinking. Imagine Little House on the Prairie here: A slower pace, enjoying life, relishing in the beauty around us, spending time with loved ones and living a life building memories rather than regrets. Living contentedly rather than wanting.

It's far to easy to fall into the trap of "someday." After XYZ happens, then I'll be happy. After I do ABC, I'll be happy. Striving for someday and missing out on what is happening now. Little House living is about living life for what is is rather than what it may be someday. Plan for the future and have goals, of course, but don't miss out on what you have now.

Let's face it, no one lies on their death bed wishing they'd gotten that awesome new cell phone, car or clothes. What haunts us in the end is not having enjoyed the simple parts of our days that matter most. 
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Go Against the Grain to Find Happiness

Living simply goes against what society tells us we should want. We're supposed to love shopping, stuffing our closets, redecorating our homes every few years, buying the latest-and-greatest gadget. If something breaks, toss it and buy new. If close rip, throw them out, too. Rather than being grateful for and making the best of what we do have, we're supposed to desire what others have. We're always comparing how we look, what we have, what we do with others rather than being our own person. None of it gives us what we crave though --- to be happy and content. We're too busy focusing on what we don't have, how we don't measure up instead of recognizing the happiness right there in front of us. Being happy and content is about living for now, rather than what may come. It's the Little House Lifestyle.


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Bank Account Bonus

A by-product of living simply is that you can live on less money. Needing less money means less stress and fights about money. Not spending as much allows you to build up that emergency fund you've been meaning to, or that has been looking a little slim. Or, you can save up for an experience the whole family is going to remember, a big purchase for the house (a garden you've been meaning to put in, a patio swing to enjoy your yard). All things you'll appreciate more than things that are likely to be forgotten, taking up space and making clutter in a few months. Win-win situation!

Now that you've read about the Little House Lifestyle from the mindset angle, check out tomorrow's post to find out what I've  been doing to actually implement this lifestyle.

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24 comments:

  1. Great thoughts on spending less and being happy! Thanks!

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  2. I agree with you. Learning to live simply really makes a difference. When we simplify our lives, we simplify a lot of things.

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  3. I agree the simple thing in life resume better with me. Although it takes a certain mindset to reach this level. Once you start to live a simple life you will feel a happy......not as stressful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. saving is something i need to desperately need to work on. i have a ton of school loans so when i even rack up any kind of savings, i use it to pay a loan..which sounds great but then that also leaves me with NO emergency funds. it's a personal struggle. but thank you for this post! really helpful :)

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  5. I'm living a simple lifestyle in the centre of a major European city, it's possible to live a simple life anywhere. We are debt free, and we like the finer things in life... DH has his clothes custom made in London, I collect antique and vintage jewelry, we both have several Louis Vuitton bags, and we're decorating our apartment in midcentury modern Danish designer furniture. Some people probably think that's extravagant, but buying a black Louis Vuitton purse means I probably won't ever buy another black purse. We live well within our means, simple living doesn't have to mean austerity.

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  6. Yeah, when I decided to stop window shopping in the shoe department I found my bank account grew. And really I didn't miss new shoes for no reason

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  7. We are really working hard on simplifying, and I'm learning that new 'things' aren't as wonderful as the peace feels!

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  8. I try to save in everything i can, living the simplest life, no restaurants, no fancy jewerly, Thats why whenever i have a sudden wish im always able to afford it ;)

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  9. Ive always wanted to retire in a farm house with vegetables and herbs to tend. I see this happening when all my boys have finished school and are accomplished in their lives b

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  10. Elizabeth O.4/20/2016 10:38 PM

    That's one of the best ways to view life, really. The more simple, the better. We don't really need to live lavishly in order to be happy, all we need is to live with the things that we need and love. I am loving this new lifestyle of yours!

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  11. I am so impressed you are able to live this lifestyle. We are on the way towards it as well, but not there yet.

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  12. I agree, I should move to the country :-). I find the older I get I really don't care about "things" I just want peace and happiness.

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  13. This is really great! Glad you shared it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  14. That is so right! Thats why on vacation we go out of the city! Too much noise in here. And of course I will vote for you!

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  15. I love your outlook and I agree wholeheartedly!
    For me right now, the focus is peace.

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  16. I have basically been living simply all my life but more due to not having any money so I come from a different perspective. I always found it interesting how people think that they have to have things in order to survive. The economy crash came as quite a wake up call to a lot of people.

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  17. Your thoughts are just amazing & I am almost like you. I just appreciate what I have, thank God & move on with life without worrying about not having what others have. Thanks for inspiring.

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  18. Such a great thinking and overall lifestyle. Hope we can do this too!

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  19. So true!! I love just making myself a cup of tea and sitting in the back garden and just listening to the birds. It the little things like this that make me truly happy

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  20. More persons need to live more simple and we would have less stress.

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  21. Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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  22. I like the mindset. Stay positive! Thanks for sharing this. I* enjoyed reading it.

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  23. Saving is very challenging. Yeah we can just be happy with what we have and that's less stress definitely ^ ^

    Love this post.

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