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Why People Who Live Simple Lives Are Happier

Updated on March 7, 2013

Everyone has heard the old saying, "Less is More" right? Many of us have looked at others and ask ourselves why people who live simple lives are happier and I have come to the answer through my own experiences.

Back two years ago I had a problem with alcohol and it went back from there many of years, but the thing about it was, I didn't think I had a problem at all. I had that Big "D" in my life called "Denial."

I have to say, I thought I was a happy person while drinking, but I now realize being sober, I was the most miserable, sad, and negative person you could know and never knew it until I became sober, which brings me to the reason of this hub.

When I drank I thought it was great and I would be able to conquer the world and have anything I wanted, at least my addicted mind told me this. I thought that by drinking alcohol would solve all my problems and make people that I knew look up to me and think I was cool.

Man, was I ever wrong. They looked up to me as one more drunk added to our society. I thought life would be simple and when drinking everything would be bright and cheerful.

I am living a simple life now once I have had sobriety under my belt again. i downsized big time and now living in a retirement community 55 +. No more hustle and bustle rat race for me anymore. I am where I have aways wanted to be, and that is living near the sea at the Jersey Shore.

Living simple and living happier than I have ever been. Anyone can live a simple life and be happy if you are willing to sacrifice and down grade from your present living style.

That is exactly what I did. No more mortgage, no taxes to pay and just living a simple live. i know now since I have become sober that material things mean nothing to me, but my happiness and the happiness of my family mean more than anything.

Back in the drinking days I thought material things were great and they are, but you have to pay for those beautiful expensive things. Happiness cost nothing!

No sober I appreciate life in general without all the bells and whistles. I have my home by the sea and thinking now how to leave my present job of 21 years and just get a little part time job to make ends meet and start to enjoy the only live I (we) have.


In my opinion, the simpler the better for me. I threw many things out and gave many things away when i sold my home to live at the Jersey Shore. No more clutter and no more hanging on to things I haven't looked at in 20 years dragging them from house to house with each move.

I can assure you that this is my last move and I want everything to be organized, clean and simple. No more things to trip over, just the things that we need for everyday living is good enough for me.

Anyone can live this simple and happy life. All you have to do is to get enough guts to make that change as I did. i took lots of thinking and worrying about if I were doing the right thing and the only way I would find out is to grab the bull by the horn and simply go for it.

That was the best decision I have ever made in my life.



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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      fpherj48- It is very nice to meet you and thank you for reading and your kind words. I am so much happier with my life now. Only if I would of thought of it years ago, but it's never to late to change right.

      All the best and also I am following you now. Thanks too for the Vote Up++


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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I'm a little late in finding this hub....but, I'm here now! I loved this hub and it caused me to think about your Hub-Name, "the clean life." It's quite synonymous with "the simple life!" When we choose to purge ourselves of all the clutter, destruction and "mess" that has built up in our life, through the ALL gets better. Clean=Simple=Better.

      Bravo.....great hub!..UP+++

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      hoteltravel Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. Yes it took a lot but deep down inside I knew It was possible and that I could do it! Thank you also for the Vote up and awesome too.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      MobbyWho, thank you for your comment and yes yes "keep it simple" is the way of life for me now. You are so right!!

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      MobyWho 5 years ago from Burlington VT

      Update: leaving the "old folks home". Too much money spent on things we don't need. Back to "keep it simple" - learn basic nutrition and eat accordingly.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      It must have taken tremendous courage and effort to reach this stage, but you make it sound simple. Hope others are inspired by your experience and clean their lives as well. Voted up and awesome!

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      teacherjoe52, Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes you are right. Those people have many nice things but they work like a dog to pay for all those fine things in life. I live in a mobile home park 55+ in a double wide and paid in full. No mortgage :) When I think about all those people working so hard to pay for a roof over there heads that keeps the rain out just as my double wide does it doesn't make any sense to me anymore. Happiness not material things is my new thoughts on life.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      I agree.

      I see so many people who laugh at me for living the simple life.

      All the while they are working like slaves to surround themselves with material things they are so busy working for they can't enjoy them.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @MobyWho, thank you so much for your comment. I too lived on a boat when I got married 31 years ago, Thannk was the life and now live in a 55+ community and just love it.

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      MobyWho 5 years ago from Burlington VT

      Congratulations! You made it! It takes guts to turn your back on all the glitz and find Saturday at the dump exciting. We did it and have found ourselves adjusting to living with the "old folks" - being there ourselves (92 and 81 - heaven help us!). Old boaters - that was the life!

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Debby, Thank you so much for all your kind comments. It really means a lot to me. Have a Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Years!!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Mark. You really make it sound so simple. You've cleaned the house and your insides, too. Blessings, Debby

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      weestro, Thanks so much for reading and you kind comment, Oh, and also the Vote Up too .

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub, very valuable lessons! Voted up.

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      NiaLee, Thank you so much for your kind comment. That was really nice. Now that you said about upgrading I think you are right because to tell you the truth, we haven't been happier. Less is more right ?

      God Bless you and thanks again!!

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      NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Hellooo the beautifula dn good life. That pic of you and your wife is one of the most beautiful thing to see. That love and that peace are the necessities of life.

      YOu think you have downgraded, actually you have upgraded to the best. Enjoy yourself and keep on sharing all that faith, positive energy with all of us. We all learn from each other and maybe knowing earlier is better, no???

      Take care.

      Love and peace

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      ktrapp, Thanks for your comment and don't worry your time will come. i have tried for 30 years to move here at the shore, but my children back then didn't want to leave their friends or schools so we stayed put. Those houses back then were 75,000.00 right on the lagoon with boat slips and now the same house are 300,000+ . Oh well, I now have my little home and con't be happier. May parents always said "your ship will come in." and they were right. Mortgage free and very happy :):)

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      What a coincidence. I was just telling my husband that I want the house empty. I don't want things. I just want everything simple. I don't have a lot of clutter, but "stuff" just seems to accumulate. I envy your little home by the sea (Jersey Shore), but for now I cannot make a change with kids still in school and college bills to pay.

      Your writing is certainly very thought-provoking and your sobriety makes me so hopeful for the people I know who struggle with substance abuse. I for one am glad that you are so open with your struggles, successes, and point of view. This article is very worthy of a vote up and awesome.