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“Minimalism reminds us how rewarding it is to live by our values, focus on relationships, take care of ourselves, and contribute to social causes.”
IMAGINE a life without financial stress. No hefty mortgage, no car payment, little, if any, charge card debt. Can you even imagine your life without these obligations?
The gift of financial freedom that minimalism brings has inspired people across the globe, and most say they would never go back to a “traditional” lifestyle.
Minimalism emerged in New York in the 1960’s as a movement by young artists who questioned conventional boundaries, claiming that recent art had become stale and academic. The concept spread quickly, and soon many painters and sculptors avoided overt symbolism and emotional content in their work. Instead, they produced minimalistic pieces, allowing the admirer to appreciate the simplicity and purity of art.
Some say that minimalism is the single, most important idea of the 20th century. As the influence of minimalism quickly extended itself to architecture, design, dance, theater, and, most significantly, music, it become no longer just a movement, but a paradigm
shift. Today, many people have chosen to live a minimalistic lifestyle, shedding consumerism and over-consumption to find true happiness and fulfillment.
There are many misconceptions about minimalism. Some believe it involves living in poverty and depriving one’s self from the luxuries in life. Not true. Those engaging in the minimalist movement say that minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of placing focus on what’s most important to you. This, they say, produces happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. The secret to success is that you get to define what is superfluous and what you absolutely want and need to keep in your life.
Even if you remain in your current lifestyle, there are many lessons in the art of minimalism. The movement reminds us how rewarding it is to live by our values, focus on relationships, take care of ourselves, and contribute to social causes. Here are a few ways to enjoy the benefits of minimalism without taking the full-fledged plunge—yet.
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