11 Steps to a Happier, Healthier & Simpler Life

11 steps to a happier, healthier & simpler life

Everyone wants more happiness. I'm a longtime minimalist, a longtime vegan, and a lover of all things simple, but there are many steps I've taken over the years to get to where I am today. These are ways that have helped me live a simpler and healthier lifestyle.

1. go natural

Spend more time in nature, enjoying the scenery and breathing fresh air. Studies have shown eco-therapy improves your mental health and happiness.


Humans are happier and healthier walking outside, not confined in little boxes.

Nature walk

2. go mindful

Learn to live in the now and be happy. To be fully present in the current moment and not worry about the past or the future. Slow down and appreciate more.


3. go minimal

Simplify your life and embrace minimalism. Declutter, downsize, and decompress. Choose voluntary simplicityOnly own what you need so you can focus on what you love.



"Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify."

Henry David Thoreau


4. go capsule

You don't need as many clothes as you think you do. I travel full-time, carry-on only, with only 40 things and it all weighs less than 11 pounds.


Owning and traveling with less makes lighter and makes travel easier

Capsule wardrobe

5. go plastic-free

Plastic is ruining the planet. It's made from non-renewable fossil fuels, it's full of harmful toxins and chemicals that disrupt hormones, it's polluting the oceans and killing sea life, and it doesn't degrade!


Eliminate plastic with reusable products plus take easy steps to travel plastic-free

Plastic free

6. go chemical-free

Toxic chemicals like chemical dyes, dioxin and formaldehyde can cause skin, immune and respiratory problems.


You can easily make all your own natural and non-toxic cleaning and personal care products.

Chemical free

7. go zero-waste

Humans generate an extraordinary amount of waste that goes to landfills, creates green house gases, pollutes our oceans, and destroys the planet.


Aim for zero waste at home and during travel. Buy sustainable products to avoid disposables. Reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle, and compost.

Zero waste

8. go tiny

Declutter, organize, and downsize your stuff and your life into a simpler space.


Living tiny lets you focus on what matters. You can apply these principles to your life anywhere or you can build a tiny house with your own hands and live anywhere you want, mortgage free!

Tiny house

9. go detox

Our addiction to our digital devices is detrimental to our health, from our eyesight to our memory to our waistlines.


Clear your clutter. Reduce your apps. Take regular breaks away from the internet and all your electronic devices. Make time to disconnect and detox.

Digital detox

10. go raw

Get healthier by eating whole, uncooked, unprocessed foods. Cooking destroys enzymes in food and can also cause chemical changes that can turn into toxins, free radicals, and carcinogens.


Check out some delicious chef-created raw cuisine or use these apps to find or make your own.

Raw food

11. go vegan

Making the choice to go vegan is the healthiest thing you can do for your body, the animals, and the earth.


Eat a plant-based diet of delicious foods, and don't use animals as products, experiments, or entertainment. They are our fellow earthlings. And they need our help. So does the planet.

Vegan food