Money Can’t Buy Happiness
I spent the last few months of 2014 going through our entire house and doing some major evaluating of our stuff. I had just returned home from a road trip with my family and I was seeing the world differently. I could clearly see some things that had, until then, escaped me. At that point, they became easy to understand. For the first time, I truly comprehended that money can’t buy happiness and that living with less truly is more. That removing excess stuff, stressors and busyness, while adding positive relationships and uplifting goals is a good way to live. But does minimalism “guarantee” happiness?
Happiness -vs- Joy
Happiness is a dependent state of being. We are able to “be happy” but it is dependent upon many factors, such as our environment, relationships, and activities. While I do believe that minimalism can bring a sense of calm and even happiness – as long as everything else in one’s life is going well – I also think that we put too much worry and concern with becoming “happy” to begin with. (Oh, the irony!!)
What good is being happy if that happiness can instantly vanish when things in our lives take a turn for the worse? Illness, loss of a job, natural disaster, death of a loved one, etc (and etc, etc!!) We are GOING to have things come into our lives that take away that warm, fuzzy feeling.
What we actually need is joy. And joy doesn’t come from living a minimalistic life. Or any other kind of life. The one, true source of joy is Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit brings joy. And love, and peace, and kindness……. (Check out Galations 5:13-26!)
No matter how many possessions I have, what my job is, how healthy I am, or who I have in my life, God is with me.
Minimalism as a Christian
I’m still going through our stuff, still adding and removing things from my life as I evaluate what’s important to me. Simplicity is key, in my opinion. Over-scheduling, over-owning, and over-doing do not make me happy. I like the things I’ve learned about living with less.
Do I enjoy minimalism? Absolutely.
Do I think it’s a wonderful way to live? Yes.
Does it bring happiness? It can.
Is that happiness lasting? Not one bit.
What do you think of minimalism? How about joy?! I ♥ both!
I would love to talk more with you about them!
Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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