How Living A Simple Life Can Be A Happy Life

This Is a Happy Life to Me !

Is Less Really More ?

We all have heard the words, "Less Is More" and when I first heard that many years ago it really didn't make any sense to me, but as time passed and I got older and wiser it all started to make sense and now realize that saying is so correct.

Many of us, including myself, seem to live for material things and want the best of everything even though deep down we know we may not be able to afford these fine things when the payments are due, but the banks grant our loans and we are the happy campers, for only a short time.

I envy those that can afford those fine things in life and many don't need to take out loans to buy those fine material things. Unfortunately, I was one of the ones that needed banks to help me out in my quest to buy things I knew I really couldn't afford. We are so happy when the bank says, "Yes you are approved."

In my case, many times the bank said those exact words and I was able to buy that expensive material thing not looking into the future of all the monthly payment and the interest that goes along with that loan that the bank was so happy to give me.

When we get what we want as far as material things and the loans are approved we are so happy, but as time goes by depression starts to take over because we wonder to ourselves, "did I over extend myself and buy something that made me happy in the beginning, but now can not afford?" We sometimes brag and show the families and friends our expensive material things and our families and friends say how beautiful, or how nice this material thing is as we now have to pay for those nice words for many many years.

Some of us just like to show off to our friends and family saying, look what I bought, not thinking just how long we need to pay for those material things that we were just showing off to our family and friends.

Sure they will say anything to make you happy and proud of what you just bought. What do they care, they are not the ones that have to pay for these fine material things right?


A Simple Life Can Be a Happy Life

You may wonder how living a simple life can be a happy life. I have found through the years that simplicity is the key to happiness, not material things. Love, happiness and fulfillment in your life should be the main thing of living a happy and healthy life, because as we all know that the stress of paying for something we know we can't afford can really cause depression, worrying, then in time may lead to health problems all over a material thing. This has happened to me and I am sure it has happened to millions of people throughout the world.

Maybe we can call it, "we bit off more than we can chew." I think that saying fits the bill pretty well, don't you?

MY EXAMPLE # 1

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i was fortunate enough to be brought up around boats, the Bay and Ocean. i learned to love that life style all through the years my parents brought me up to be an adult. We had boats from a row boat up to a 48 foot yacht. The Yacht above is close to being 100 foot in length and most likely having just about every convenience you would need for that perfect cruise.

This type of yacht is exactly what I wanted when I became older. As the years went by an I realized that it would be impossible to own something of this magnitude and beauty, so I settled for a 21 foot small cruiser. Even though the boat I could afford was much smaller with no bell and whistles like the huge yacht, my family and I had just as much fun in the smaller boat with no stress or worries about how I would pay for it. What i am trying to explain to you is that Less Is More in many things and life. You don't need to have the biggest, the best, the shininess material things in life to have fun.

I know some people personally that have the biggest and the best of everything, but the fact is they are really not truly happy. They are always wanted bigger and better of what they have now. I tend to think that they want bigger and better of the material things in hopes that the new material things will bring more happiness than the previous they had owned. Little do they know, that in my personal opinion, bigger and better might bring some happiness in the beginning until that thrill wears off and they need more. I may be wrong but I have seen this happen a few times in my life.  These people have told me that all the great material things they own they are not happy at all.  Sometimes people may think that material things can buy love and in some case I guess it does, but is it really true love?

It makes me really think that these people no matter what they have, a huge home, mega yachts and those fancy cars will never bring the pure joy and happiness in their life. These are only material things that so many people could purchase if they really wanted to.

I have learned that no material thing will make you happy and have a fulfilling life, it is You and You only that can bring happiness into your life.  You just have to look in the right places to find it.  You can not buy happiness or fulfillment in your life and I have learned this the hard way.

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MY EXAMPLES # 2: OF LUXURY AND HIGH STYLE LIVING VERSES LIVING A SIMPLE LIFE.

Here in the above photos we have a huge mansion over looking the water and then we have the tiny shack over looking the water also. The mansion cost millions of dollars and well worth it and the tiny shack, who knows what that may cost, but no where near in the millions of dollars of the mansion price.

The point I am trying to make here is that BOTH HAVE THE SAME VIEW and it's just one owner has chosen the simple life and the other owner wants every luxury in the world. The views are the same and the price is much different.

SO, THE POINT I AM MAKING HERE IS THAT YOU DON'T NEED THE BEST OF EVERYTHING TO LIVE A HAPPY AND A SIMPLE LIFE !

This hub is in no way downing those that are fortunate enough to own the best and biggest in material things. It is only to show you that by living a simple life you can still have a happy life.

© 2011 Mark Bruno

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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

I am totally on the same page about material things. Life is good and I am grateful. Thanks for a wonderfully positive hub and some great pictures


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ robie2, Thanks for your comment and my life is good as well now that I have figured out that material things DO NOT bring happiness.

stay in touch

Mark


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I love your examples comparing the two beach houses, the mansion and the beach shack. They do both have the same million dollar view! We often say this when we happen to be camping on a bluff overlooking the Pacific ocean or on a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Our campsites might cost $8 a night, but they offer the same sunset views as the $200 a night hotels! Living the good life does not necessarily have to cost a lot of money.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Stephanie, sorry it took so long to reply to your comment. I have been away. Thanks for your nice comments and you have the right idea of living the simple life. God Bless you and yours and keep enjoying those beautiful views from you camper of the sunsets and sunrises.


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

You are so right!


suresh dongol 5 years ago

Thanks for this great artcle and I really appreciate


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nancynurse 5 years ago from Southeast USA

I enjoyed your hub Thanks.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Nancy, Thank you so much and I am glad you enjoyed it :)


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palganar 4 years ago from Kerala, South India

It is a beautiful. hope and pray for more people to think this way. this way leads to peaceful earth. content people and greener earth.

Thank you for the hub

Christ, Gandhi are examples of "less is more".


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ palganar - Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub.

I believe if people would only live life a bit more simple they just might be happier people with all that added stress for living high on the hog gone. I know I have changed over the last couple of years and the stress has gone away :)


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Availiasvision 4 years ago from California

That last picture of the white shack by the beach would be my dream mansion. Great Hub! I am only a few months into my simple journey and loving every minute of it. It's so simple: Happiness doesn't come from things and our identity is separate from our stuff. The rat race can never be won. There will always be a bigger, better, faster boat out there. Eventually a cruise ship won't satisfy. Time with your loved ones out exploring the endless ocean is what brings joy. Keep spreading the truth!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Availiasvision - I am sorry it has taken so long to reply. Had my daughter's wedding this weekend.:):)Thank you for your comment and you are right, for many people nothing is good enough. They always want bigger and better. yes the little white shack is fine with me too. You have the same view as the mansion and so much less in money. Less is more my friend and that is how I am looking at my life from now on in.

Nice to have met you as well.


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Availiasvision 4 years ago from California

Congrat's on your daughter's wedding!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Availiasvision - Thank you so much!! It was a wonderful day and a day to always remember :)


Virginia 4 years ago

I truly enjoy reading your articles. Thanks..


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Virginia Thanks you for reading and your comment and you are welcome.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Comfortable, I am, but rich, never! I have encountered a few millionaires in my life, and most have said that their wealth did not give them the happiness that they had hoped for. One pro football player said that as soon as he became a millionaire, he did many things with his wife and kids that they had never done before, but, when they got tired, they were at a standstill of disappointment. They did not know what else to do to keep that "high" so they sank back into somewhat of a normal existence. He said that he learned from that. Although he and family yet enjoy the wealth, they know that happiness is something that they must work on themselves. The money makes some things better, but it is not a cure-all for happiness. It will take us to Paris, but it is up to us to find happiness in it.

To help myself to stop unnecessary fastasy about building great wealth, I chose to believe these rich people of experience. I chose to look at the lives of the many rich celebrities who had tragical ends because of their unhappy lives. I do not wish to name any, but their money did not rescue them.

Then, I think about the many rich celebrities who knew how to live, who knew that money, a fine asset if used properly, was not the root of happiness. Then, I think about myself. I am happy. I am happy that happiness is a luxury that is there for anyone who is wise enough to grasp it, and it is priceless, but free.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Levertis Steele - What a excellent comment as so so true. you are very wise. Happiness is certainly free for all of us to take. I always wanted to be rich, but as I got older and wiser, material things mean nothing. Great Health and a wonderful family is all I need to make me happy. I wish you all the happiness in the world.:):):)


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InfinityVal 3 years ago from NNY

Totally agree. You can have the finest things in life and still be miserable. Or they can add to your life. Regardless, the older the get the more I'm happy with my creature comforts that are simple yet enjoyable. Sometimes less really is more, especially when you don't have to tend to it, keep paying for it, or find a place to store it!


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

InfinityVal Thank you for reading this hub and for your comment as well. You are so right, "less is more, but so many people that are up to their necks in debt just don't understand those words.

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