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How To Live A Simple Life And Be Happy

Updated on August 18, 2013

Live Simple Be Happy: Possible?
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  • How to live a simple life and be happy?
  • What are the secrets of living simple?
  • Is it possible to live simple?
  • How to live a simple live and still be happy?
  • How to be happy?
  • Is it possible to live simple but be happy?

I wonder how many people in this world don’t have this question about life. Many would say no one knows the answers. But believe me there are people who leads a simple life and know how to be happy living simple and I will unfold the secrets to be happy living simple in this hub from my real life experience.

Live Simple to Be Happy

We hardly can imagine living a simple life with no worries of unnecessary bills to pay. We are always wondering how you will pay those huge bills at the end of the month. We are living paycheck to paycheck.

But most of this could be avoided if we were to only think about things before we go out and possibly buy something we really know we can't afford. We could be happier if we could simplify our life. But living simple is beyond our imagination. We hardly try to simplify our life and wonder much about how to be happy.

I'm sure many of us have done this exact thing, including myself. We have bought something that we know deep in our hearts we couldn't afford, but we want it so bad we go over our heads and buy just to make us happy.

How to live a simple life is quite simple if you really put your mind to it and think of ways to cut down or downsize your material things.

I have learned that buying just to buy and maybe to show off to the family and friends is not worth the outcome of being in debt.

Sometimes less is more in life and that being said, if you ask someone that has really nothing in life if they are happy and I bet most would say they are happy though they don’t even know the high thought formulas of how to be happy.

These people have really nothing expensive like the fancy car, houses and so on, but they have stress free living and that's worth more than anything money can buy. They live a simple life and living simple has been their secret to be happy.

Material Things and Happiness

Sometimes people think that if they have all the best things in life, material wise, it will make them happier. This may be for some that can afford these fine things, but for the ones that can't afford them, but still buy to be happy for few moments, could be disastrous in the end.

Yes, they have bought their dream item that have wanted for so long knowing they can't afford it and now comes the first of many monthly payments. Now these same people that were so happy to buy their dream item are not so happy to have to pay for it over the next several years.

Living simple anyone can do if they are willing to cut back on certain things in the life and just be satisfied with what they have.

RETIREMENT

This word scares many of people due to the fact that it cost so much money nowadays to just live day to day never less, living the rest of your life in retirement without work income coming in as a weekly paycheck. Yes, I know that people have funds set up for their retirement, but even that is not a for sure thing these days and it is very scaring. But, people habituated to live a simple life will still be happy even after retirement. So, make the habit of living simple.


Ideas of Simple Living

Spend Less: Think before you buy. Ask yourself do I really need this or do I just want it? Simplify your life. To live simple is the first secret to be happy.

Save Your Pennies: My Grandfather always said to me when I was young, "save your pennies for a rainy day" and I never understood what that meant, but I sure do now. You never know when you may need a little extra money when something comes up unexpectedly. Saving is the philosopher’s stone of simple living that turn the simple life into a happy life.

Make A Game Plan: Living simple is not easy. Simple living needs dedication and patience. To live simple first you have to know what to want in life. Making a game plan is a start in figuring out what exactly you need and what you can do without. By doing this you will be amazed how you can survive without so many things you thought you needed. Planning is the key to be happy living simple.

Cleaning and Throwing Out: Start to clean out and throw out all unneeded things. I was always told by my Father, "If you have to look at something twice, then you don't need it. By doing these things will not only give you room, but make your living space more desirable to live in. Again, I have repeat, simplify your life.

Downsize: By downsizing, meaning if you have that expensive car along with the $500, 00 to $700.00 payment per month, eat your pride and get something more affordable and maybe pay cash for it. Both automobiles will get you from A to B the same way. Live simple, be happy.

Less Eating Out: Stay home and cook your meals instead of eating out. This will save a substantial amount of money per week, but do treat yourself once in a while, if and only if you can afford to go out to eat.

Start in figuring out what exactly you need and what you can do without. By doing this you will be amazed how to live a simple life and be still be happy. You can survive without so many things that you thought you needed. Planning is the key to living simple and being happy.

If you are interested in knowing just how and why I started to drink alcohol and how I finally quit drinking then check out my new eBook titled My Life of Alcohol Addiction.

SIMPLIFY

© 2010 Mark Bruno

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      MarloByDesign 2 years ago from United States

      Although I do love eating out from time to time, I do agree with your suggestion to eat out less. Good idea! Rated your Hub 'Interesting'.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      This should be nominated for Hub of the Day! Good points. You are correct. It is possible to live a simple life and still be happy if we apply these principles into our daily lives. Less is more. voted up useful, awesome& interesting

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      Mark Bruno 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Ardhendu Dey- Thank you so much for reading and your comment. I really appreciate it. :)

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      Ardhendu Dey 2 years ago

      Very useful article to Live a simple life. If everyone can follow these steps, then really we can lead an easy and simple life without any major issues. Great work. Keep posting :) :)

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      These are encouraging words of wisdom. I need to apply some of these principles such as less eating out and spending less too. lol. I love to shop. A game plan is clever too. I'll remember saving my pennies for a rainy day next time I come across a handful of coins. up & awesome!

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Eddy- Thank you for taking the time to read this hub and thanks for the Vote Up as well.

      Mark

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Elias Zanetti - Thank you for reading this and for your kind comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Clear messages a great hub and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Nice hub and a valuable message. Sometimes in life, simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve even if it seems easy.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      poshcoffeeco - Thanks for reading and your comment. Each day over the last week or so I have been selling all things I don't need. Sold the Chrysler 300C, My boat yesterday and other things such as yard equipment, leaf blowers, etc. Ii have no need for these things and can do without, plus money in my pocket. I want the easy life and the only way to do this is to clean shop. Good luck to you as well with your journey :)

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Mark,

      I often think about going back to basics in order to live frugally. My only stumbling block is the wife. Maybe I need to sell her on the idea and tell her we will be happier in the long run. What it would be like without debts I just can't imagine......one day Mark, one day.

      Thanks for reminding me.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      freedomspirit- Thank you for your comment and don't worry about being poor. I am in the same boat, but very happy with what I have and what I have accomplished over the last year or so. Living on love sounds good to me LOL

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      freedomspirit 4 years ago

      Good advice, Mark, and when it comes down to it, you can live on love (lol). I've been poor and found ways to make things better. Thanks for your support and ideas!!

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      trying to live simplier, Congrats on living simple. You will not be sorry in the end. Less is more! Thank you for reading and your comment.

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      trying to live simplier 4 years ago

      I am now 61 and have learned things dont make me happy planning on living more simplier and decluttering.

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      one.jl 5 years ago

      it's still a wonderful life..

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      yougotme Thanks so much fro commenting on this hub. I need to check out your hub. Thanks for dropping by and your kind words.:)

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub! I really appreciate all the practical tips on how to live a simpler life which would result to more happiness.

      Actually, we have some common ideas about being happy. In fact, I wrote a hub about being happy (but this time, through avoiding disappointment). Well, anyway, just dropping by to say that your hub rocks!

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Maria - Thank you so much for this comment and I am so glad you enjoyed it as well. I love writing and knowing my writing has helped people in the world even if it is a little bit.

      Thanks for being a good friend to me :)

      Hugs to you!!!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mark,

      A million thank s for leading me to this piece...

      it is indeed 'right up my alley', which I can assure you I try to fill with as much trash as possible, as I am forever in a state of trying to de-clutter my life!

      I love the way you have presented this worthwhile information and agree wholeheartedly. Your writing is inspirational. UP & UABI, mar.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      sweetguide Thanks so much for your comment and kind words !

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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      It's too good, dear the clean life. nice thoughts for a cool life.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Shrikrishnap, Thanks again for your comment and yes I will write my happiest moments and post it here on HP. Thanks for following the clean life blog as well.

      Here is my eBook

      http://www.spiritualriver.com/wordpress-2.0.4/word...

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Hi

      I am sorry but I will say now you can be happy because you have understood life is to be lived in simple way. This is my request if possible can you write a hubpage sharing the happiest moments you have enjoyed (or write those moments in your private diary & share experience only) & avoid share or think about any moment with bad end :) These moment could be anything from your childhood.

      Please do this for me :) Because I believe in Life is Beautiful yes there are some tests always. Keep smiling :)

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Shrikrishnap, Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub.I now live the simple live and have never been happier in my life.

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Hi really nice thought about happy life. There is a best way to consider our life as a game. Because in game whether we lose or win doesn't matter a lot. Important is to play & keep the spirit high.

      I liked the idea of maintaining balance between material life & spiritual life. If there is imbalance between our needs & what we achieve then we lead to stress. :) SO keep the needs limited & save for the future. Thanks for such a nice sharing :)

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Tonipet, Thanks so much for reading and your kind words in your comment. I am glad you enjoyed this hub. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend !

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      A very inspiring hub. Simple living is truly the way to understand what we really "want" in life. This is another inspiration and every moment worth reading! Thanks, the clean life! I enjoyed reading this hub, many things to ponder upon. Awesome!

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Justsilvie , Thanks for the comment and I hope this message will help many to starting off their New Years on the right track.

      Have a great New Years to you !!

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      Justsilvie 6 years ago

      Great Hub! Great message for the New Year!

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ richtwf, first off Thank You for your kind words and for your quote. That is so true. People sometimes never think of anyone besides themselves. To help someone just live and we live simple is all there is to having a great life and filled with happiness and fulfillment.

      God bless and peace to you also.

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Excellent hub which delivered a great message to us all - To live simply.

      You made many very good points which I could very easily relate to. There is one quote I like to share with you which I first saw about seven years ago when I was a volunteer aid worker in Africa:

      'Live simply so that others may simply live.'

      In this modern age, people just don't know when enough is enough and so instead believe that to be happy they need this or that ... the reality is that they don't need it but sadly they want it in belief that possessing it will give them happiness. The sad truth is that it is fleeting happiness and as long we are in pursuit of more and more material desirables/comforts to make us feel happy or to buy to impress then we're in serious trouble of burdening ourselves with debt and living with its miserable consequences. Less is more - this is one of my favourites and I'm very happy that you served it up here to remind us of it. There is beauty in simplicity and less worry too!

      Thanks for sharing these very useful and beautiful thoughts too. God bless and peace to you. Keep living simply!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Very good hub with great advice. I think that people don't realize how happy they can be while living simply until they do it. There is a lot of freedom to be gained by having fewer material things.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Toronto condos, Yes it is truly a difficult question. I have found that less is more for sure. I guess we live a learn and never too late to learn.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Toronto condos 6 years ago

      The most difficult question of life!

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Mistress of Spice, yep you are right, family and good friends and just being happy is all anyone really needs, at least for me that is.

      Thanks for stopping in :)

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      Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

      well said, the most important thing is that you grow gracefully old with your loved one...that alls that matter...other things are secondary...in life..

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ midnightbliss, thanks for stopping by and for the comment as well. As we get older and wiser we begin to realize that material things don't bring long term happiness.

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      very true. we can be more fulfilled and happier through experience rather than material things.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ carrie450, Thanks for the comment and as we all know, life is all that we make it, so if you want to live as they say "high on the hog", then there is a price to pay for that or just live nice and simple and be happy.

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A great hub and much to think about. Thanks

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Mistress of Spice, I have learned only just recently that material things really don't matter at all in order to be happy. Sometimes it takes one many years to find out just what life can be just being content with what we have and not want things that we know are out of our style of living.

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      Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

      Its good to lean that there are much funfilled things in life then drugs and alchol, reading a lovely romance novel or watching a movie, tells so much bout life, am glad the clean start to life, well done,ther are much more inspiring things to life, there is journey still to be ventured...lolz

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @Daniela, Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub and thanks for the compliment too.

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      Daniela Daljac 6 years ago from AUSTRALIA

      As always great hub and so true!!!

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ saleheen, Thanks to the compliment. Yeah all the years I have here on earth you begin to pick up on many different aspects in life and how to live too.

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      saleheensblog 6 years ago from Dhaka,Bangladesh

      hello mark, great hub. You really know a lot about life. voted up.

      sent you a mail.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Ralwus, Your funny charlie. Thanks for stopping bye my friend.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Great hub! Even if I know this is true, I sometimes buy things I shouldn´t! But at least I am good at cleaning and trowing out! Thanks for the advice, I will try!

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Hmmm, I have thrown out all pictures of my ex-wives. I have a drawer of panties I need to give to Goodwill, maybe I will do that today? ;)