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How Less Can Be More Sometimes In Life

Updated on March 26, 2011

Can Less Really Be More In Life ?

We all have heard the saying, " Less Is More" sometime in our lives, but some wonder what does that really mean.

It would be like decorating your home with many different things, pictures on all the walls, furniture everywhere in a room and when you stand back and look at that room it is way too cluttered and busy. You lose the size of the room from having just too much in it.

So, if you look at what you have done in this room and start taking out some furniture and removing some pictures off the wall the room begins to open up and tend to become larger and with a cleaner and crisper look to it.

That is only one example of how less can be more sometimes in life as far as material things and decorating a home.

As Far As Life In General

It seems that most people in life just never have enough. If we buy a certain idem we are happy with it for the moment, but over time we may get bored with it and want something bigger and better. It seem that many of us are just not happy with what we have and always want something better in life, which is perfectly fine, but will we ever get to the point of just being completely satisfied with what we have?

Making Your Life More Complicated

Sometimes we tend to make our life more complicated than it really is by always wanting more and sometimes many do not have the means to have more then we already have, but we struggle, we try to finagle things to get more and in the end many times things back fire on us because we just don't know when it is enough.

If everyone would learn, including myself, that we just need to learn how to be happy with what we have in life and learn that more is not always the best. Sometime less is more even though it sounds like it wouldn't work, but it is true.

I finally realize that all the things I wanted and have gotten in my life really meant nothing in the end. I was just as happy and maybe even more happier with less in my life and I will continue to downsize and start getting rid of things I really don't need or may never need the rest of my life. Just get rid of all that stuff that is swamping you with clutter and when you look and see just how less is more in many areas of our lives you will feel somewhat relieved and not so overwhelmed with all the unnecessary things that you have.

Learn to be happy with what you have and learn that having too much sometimes is so overwhelming that you get frustrated a feel as if you are being smothered.


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      CARIBQUEEN Thanks for visiting and your comment. It took many years for me to figure out what exactly would make me happy and certainly found out that alcohol didn't make me happy at all. Ever since sobriety the least little thing now makes me happy and yes less is more that's for sure.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      I love this hub! This hit my heart as this is something I have been doing too..I truly believe less is more. Learning to live simple..less clutter..Thank you for a great hub..


    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful thoughts to read on this quiet Sunday morning, Mark. Great reminder-thank you.

      Are you ready for the April 1st challenge? I extended a reminder to Sofs (can't do it) and Beth (waiting to hear)

      Anyone else that you can think of? Oh, VocalCoach is joining us. :)

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      Absolutely, less can be more! As we free ourselves from some of the material things that anchor us, we realize that the truly important things in life are not the "stuff" that we tend to collect. After simplifying our lives drastically in order to live full-time in our RV, we discovered that family, friends, experiences and travel are more important to our happiness than our accumulation of things.

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      7 years ago

      Sometimes we allow our eyes to take the upper hand in our life rather than our brain. Most time we purchase items that we see without really needing them instead of the other way around. Sometimes it is nice to be content with what we have. The simple things in life bring all the happiness that we need.


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