7 Powerful Advantages of Less

We’ve all heard the saying: “Less is more”

But what does that really mean?

It can mean a lot of things, but one thing is certain about less; it allows for more space.

By having less, you allow yourself to notice the smaller moments that life presents.

With less, we have the ability to slow down in life, and not get so involved with things, events, gadgets, accessories, people, and so on.

It gives us the opportunity to appreciate, enjoy, and even participate in what’s happening around you; even within yourself.

7 Powerful Advantages of Less


1. Oblige Less / Promise Less
. You deserve to do what you enjoy, right? So, there should be no need to commit yourself to something you don’t want to do. Don’t let external factors control you into making a choice if you really don’t want to. Both yes, and no are one syllable.

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. ~Eli Khamarov

2. Expect Less
. Just enjoy what you already have. Take the chance to slow down, and appreciate in front of you. Being grateful for what you do have will show you that your life is already complete. Otherwise, the more you focus on what you don’t have, the more miserable you’ll end up.

3. Need Less / Own Less
. Space is what holds things together and allows them to be, otherwise everything would pile onto each other. Try getting rid of some things from your environment, and add some space to your life – you’ll be happy you did.

4. Hold Less. 
Just let the present moment be as it is. Don’t add concepts, beliefs, or perceptions to what reality may be, isn’t, or should be –  It will only  blur your vision of what reality is. The less expectations you have of reality, the more curious and creative you can be.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu

5. Plan Less
. No plan will play out in the exact sequence of your thoughts. It will never be how you wish (trust me, I’ve tried one too many times). No one can predict the future. By planning less, when something does go your way, you’ll appreciate it and see it as a gift.

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu

6. Lie Less. 
You may be able to lie to others, but you’ll always know the truth, so start telling the truth. Not only will you have to remember less, but you’ll also start accepting yourself for who you really are when you present yourself with the facts. John Ruskin said, “The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.”

The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. ~ James Garfield

7. Become Less: When the phrase “just be yourself” is said, most of us identify who we are with an identity, or portrayal of who we believe to be. We hold a false sense of self, and attach that to who we are. Just trying being. Just be, however you may feel at that point in time. There is no need to be anything but. Being is more than enough. Your authenticity becomes effortless when there’s no need to express something that you’re not.

The less we own, the less we end up getting owned, by the things that we pretend to “own”.

And the more comfortable we become with the idea of less, the closer we come to nothing.

Now, if we can truly be happy with less, then we are no longer dependent on things. Our happiness is no longer dependent on certain outcomes, situations, possessions or things.

Our happiness no longer depends on anything, but rather on nothing.

 

Over to you: Have you ever subtracted from your life, or do you constantly keep adding? How have you benefited from taking things out of your life? When was the last time you enjoyed something simple in your life?

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Comments

  1. says

    Hey Dragos,

    I try to subtract and simplify things too. I’m a pretty cheap and minimalistic person, so fortunately I don’t buy much stuff.

    But recently, over the past 30 days, I’ve had to help my mother a lot. And she’s a collector. It’s taken me forever to move all of her (mostly useless) stuff. And she doesn’t want to throw away or sell it.

    Just experiencing that motivates me to never buy excess stuff.

    • says

      Hey Ludvig!

      “I’m a pretty cheap and minimalistic person.” Then all I can say, is you’re on your way to happiness :) (and saving a lot of money!)

      Speaking of removing things, I just cleaned up my room. I can fit all of my belongings (with the exception of clothing) in 3 boxes. I have a drawer, a table and a bed. It’s so liberating to move into a empty environment.

      Our mothers are the same – hoarders. I tried helping her remove, and get rid of the useless crap that hasn’t even been touched in 6 months / 1 year, and she never let’s me as she says she will use it (but doesn’t). It definitely influences my buying needs/desires.

      I hope you managed to help your mom declutter is some way!

      And thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. says

    I like this a lot. It’s something I try to make a part of the way I approach life too. The thing I notice, western culture seems to have historically revolved around the idea of manipulating the world to make it fit us better. The goal is convenience. Eastern culture tends revolve around changing ourselves so we fit the world and its circumstances better. The goal is wisdom. The latter approach, I think, is far more empowering (and probably better for the environment too) and liberating. When the majority of resources we need for our own contentment and satisfaction can be found within, we’re not beholden to external things. We’re less needy. And therefore, I think, more giving and effective human beings.

    • says

      Damn, this is a great comment. Convenience is truly what drives people in the West. Pretty soon technology will be able to do everything for us and many people will become absolutely useless if they haven’t already. We should all learn a skill that future-proofs your career and ability to help people.

      • says

        That’s the tough thing about it. The world is moving so quickly that it’s getting increasingly difficult to identify what will be a future-proof skill. In fact there may not be one. I was watching a talk some months back by a guy called Professor John Seely Brown. He was giving a commencement speech in Singapore during which he said

        “What we’re entering is a world in which we can’t even tell our students what they should know 5 years from now. Because in fact we’re entering a world where the average half-life of a skill is moving from about 30 years to 5 years.”

        If there is a skill to be acquired, it will be the skill of adaptability, having the mental agility to move from one discipline to another. I think there’s going to be more of that in the future, more multi-disciplinary approaches to academia, enterprise and work. More expectation on employees to develop a broader array of aptitudes and experiences. Could be pretty exciting, but very challenging also. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

        In a way it’s another reason why what you’re blogging about is a good thing. You’re giving attention to how to adopt a way of life, a way of thinking that can be applied to any context or skillset – domestically, recreationally or professionally – rather than focusing on one particular thing. I think this is what the future is going to be about.

        • says

          I feel though as adaptability has always been a skill sought out after, but it’s just now with the influx of different careers paths and people being able to create their own fields, and even create their own niches, that we find ourselves trying to “adapt” more to the social norm, to what we all are trying to do.

          It’s definitely going to be challenging, and like you said we’ll have to wait and see instead of conspiring theories about it.

          I appreciate that Micah, and don’t forget to thank yourself to for doing the same. I’ve been taking, and plan on taking a break from writing so I can focus on a project. I have well over 120 articles half-started and it’s overwhelming. I’m going to be taking a month break to figure out what I want to do, and putting my sole focus into one key aspect of writing; my own project that I get to share with you, and those who are interested in their own development. The only way that I see someone being able to adapt to change is by constantly developing their own skills, and working towards self-mastery.

          Thanks for your comment Micah, always appreciate your input!

    • says

      Thanks Micah. And once again, I find myself agreeing with your comment. The western philosophy has a different perspective, and approach to life, which is why western philosophy, traditions, and culture seem to be more prevalent in the western side of the world.

      Luckily I’ve had the pleasure of living in the east, as well as the west, and can say from my minimal experiences, it’s a completely different social structure. There seems to be less need of “resources” in order to fulfill happiness in the east.

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