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You know why you’re unhappy?
You have too much stuff. Seriously, it could be as simple as that.
Backed by Scientific Research – Less Things, More Travel Make You a Happier Person from Cornell University (GO Big Redl!)
Our possessions tie us down. We have to work to pay to possess them. We work to pay off the credit card bills and maintain our credit score. We struggle to keep up with what we think others think we should be.
We buy X thinking it will make us feel better, that it will be able to keep up with the Jones, Johnsons, Thompsons, and Smiths.
The research shows that EXPERIENCES are the most lasting and fulfilling things in our lives.
The most liberating time in my life was when I was on my round the world trip. I have my laptop in a shoulder bag. Everything I else I need for 4 months through 4 continents was on my back. Everything.
Oh yeah and I sold my house the year prior. No worrying about a mortgage payment or renting out.
Are you stressed out? Can’t figure out why you’re so tired, so grumpy, so angry?
How much crap is in your hourse, your apartment? Look through your closet. How many of those clothes have you worn in the last 6 months? How about those books that you’ve read once and are piling up under your bed? How about the books you promised yourself you would read and have a thin coat of dust on them?
This article and research struck me, because consciously or not, I have been downsizing the amount the stuff I have.
I gave away the stacks of books I had.
CDs and DVDs donated too.
Lots of gear going to clothing drives.
I’ve been digitizing all my pictures and then tossing aside the orginials.
Anything that I had not used, worn, looked at or needed in the last 6 months is going to the wayside, slowly but surely.
And funny thing. I feel lighter. I really do.
Is the clutter of your physical space an extension of the clutter of your mind? How can you expand your mind if there is no space to fill it with new experiences?
And that is the key, isn’t it? Experiences. The lasting memory of a great trip, of sharing a new meal, of meeting a great new friend or lover, haggling for the perfect gift, watching a gorgeous sunset far from home. There are an infinite amount of experiences you can have. Seeking out what you like is an individual issue. But getting to the point where you can look for those new experiences is that hard part for many of us.
And you can’t open yourself to them if you’re physically and mentally attached to the old.
In a rut? Unhappy with your lack of travel? Try dumping some things from your life. It will may free your mind and body and give your more options and opportunity to travel.
Recently sold some of your stuff? Unburdened yourself from your house and car? How did it make you feel? Tell us in the comments below.
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