- Aging & Longevity
Why People Who Live Simple Lives Are Happier
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.