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Voluntary Simplicity is a lifestyle choice. It’s known as down-shifting, scaling-down, minimizing, being mindful, and living slow. It’s consuming less, spending less, working less, with less stress, and more freedom. It’s the anti-modern society lifestyle.
1. Less Consumption
A simple lifestyle means less consumption. It means less emphasis on material goods, be it something flashy and expensive, like a new car, or something precious and sentimental, like a June birthstone ring. Instead, a simple lifestyle means paying more attention on the important things like time, happiness, and relationships. Minimize. Downsize. Acquire less. Only own what need, use, and love.
"Stuff is not passive. Stuff wants your time, attention, allegiance. But you know it as well as I do, life is more important than the things we accumulate."
2. Less space
Living simple can mean downsizing your belongings and the space you live in. You can live in a tiny house, use less power, create less waste, go solar powered, go off-grid, grow your own food, or choose a vegan lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint.
"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."
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3. Less work
Simplicity is working less, being less busy, less rushed. If you spend less, you have the luxury of working less. You’re not trapped inside the endless hamster wheel or earning and spending. Calculate your personal net income, reduce your expenses, then work from there. Quit the fancy job that you really hate and do what gives you joy instead.
"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or
in the long run."
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4. Less stress
A simpler lifestyle can mean less stress, and having less bills and less debt to worry about. Less financial stress benefits your personal well-being and your relationships.
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
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5. More Freedom
Ultimately, the voluntary simplicity lifestyle means being more mindful about how you choose to live your life every day. It means living slow, adding more freedom, more value, and increasing your quality of life. Spend less time doing what you don’t want to do, and more time doing what you love.