Minimalism is not a fad, but a need of the hour

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Minimalism is not a fad, but a need of the hour

“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

A new trend is on the rise, rising on the shoulders of millennials, called ‘minimalism’. Minimalism is about more than just having possession of materialistic things. Minimalism is the concept of focusing on the important things without wasting time, money, or energy. Minimalism is a tool that can help you in finding your freedom. Freedom from fear, worry, guilt, depression, overwhelm, and freedom from the feeling of being trapped. And this doesn’t mean that there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. If you want to own a car or a house? Want to raise a family and have a career? Minimalism simply allows you to make all these decisions more consciously and more deliberately.

But the main question here is - How does minimalism also have the potential to make a positive impact on our environment?

The minimalist movement is primarily trending among the millennial generation. Raised by the generation of baby boomers, millennials are much more emotional so they hold on to everything. They’d much rather spend their money on experiences than materials. Moreover, millennials are struggling with financial issues. They are saddled with record student loan debt and trying to make it in a job market that is highly competitive and difficult to get in. That’s why minimalistic life is trending among the millennials.

Consuming and wasting less

If you own less stuff that means the chances of you creating a mess is quite low. This in return reduces your impact on the environment. Just imagine that you order something from an online store. The product is delivered in a triple packaging with plastic covered all over. If it’s a clothing product, it may have tags on it. These factors alone make a huge impact on the environment. Consumerism is responsible for at least 60 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Everything that you buy nowadays takes a lot of resources to be produced such as water, electricity while releasing pollutants that are toxic.

Simple living

Living a simple life is more than giving up luxuries. It has a lot to do with the choices you make. While you can want and desire the good things in life, you must take cognisance of its impact. For instance, if you looking to invest in a home, invest in a home that has a minimal environmental impact. If you’re looking to pick decor options, go for l brands that employ local artisans. These measures ensure that you get your money’s worth.

By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we can finally find lasting happiness and it’s a great way to help the environment as well. It’s very easy to get lost in the belongings that we own instead of the life experiences that we gain. Minimalists search for happiness not through things but from life itself.

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