Minimalism: ownership does not make you happy


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Some people want a lot, some people are less able. In addition, many things that make you wealthy are not for sale. And as everyone knows, the last shirt has no pockets.

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How important is ownership?

Some possessions are necessary and / or make life easier: a roof over their heads, food, clothing, savings. Some properties are pure luxury: an expensive handbag, a sporty sports car, a holiday home by the sea with a smart yacht.

In between, there are many gradations. What some consider necessary for life is unimaginable luxury in other regions of the world. For many, ownership means power and success. Clothes make people - possessions too.

How prosperous are you?

Are you in the mood for an experiment? Then take pen and paper and answer the following questions:

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  • Estimate how many items you have.
  • Which 20 things do you need daily? What did they cost?
  • Which 5 things do you need only once a month? What did these cost?
  • Which 5 things do you need only once a year? What did these cost?
  • What 5 things do you really depend on? For what reason?
  • What 5 possessions do you care most about and are afraid of losing them?
  • What possessions do you satisfy, make you content?
  • What do you estimate: what percentage of your property could you do without?

What does your feeling say

In a further step, simply ask yourself the following questions:

  • How are you when you consciously deal with the things you surround yourself with that you need?
  • Do you feel feelings of want because you do not have some things?
  • Does it motivate you to muck out?
  • Do you remember some of these things from past times?
  • Does it stress you when you think about moving with all these things?

When does ownership make you happy?

There are interesting studies on ownership. It makes you happy to deal with things that you do not yet have but would soon like to own. Anticipation and buying trigger the “kick”, less ownership in and of itself.

Maybe you too will like many: The joy of ownership usually disappears after a few months. Also, ownership only seems to make happy to a degree.

Like Hans in luck

Those who have about twice as much as the population average feel happier than the average. With more possession falls the happiness curve again: Super rich are not automatically super-happy.

And some biographies, studies show, attest to the fairy tale about “Hans im Glück”. Only when you are no longer attached to your possessions do you feel free.

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How decommissioning improves the quality of life

Dei is not just about tidying up: it's about illusions, supposed guarantees, insights, life here and now - and again and again about quality of life and self-responsibility.

Always be aware: your thoughts and feelings also affect your physical condition. And at the same time, your physical condition influences your thoughts!

Power free?

Like the billionaire who has given away everything from his own free will, and now feels happier and more free in his only 25 square meter mountain hut than with glider, luxury villa and great fortune. Matching words: "Wealthy is the one who can do what he wants."

Pure table with the possession

Could it be that you, too, have amassed “garbage” that prevents you from feeling happier and freer? Could it be that more quality with less quantity could make your life easier?

It is exciting to look beyond our cultural horizon: How much does a person really need to be happy and satisfied? The time of “cleaning up” begins. Now! "Take out the trash!" can make life easier, reduce complexity and stress.

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Less or more?

By the way: According to a study by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung, the consumer confidence index of the Germans is at a record high!

While the few have too little, storage spaces are now booming to take possession - the joy of shopping, even more possessions, nothing stands in the way. Assuming the credit card is still covered.

6 Tips for the pure table

  1. What do not you want to hear anymore?
  2. What have you looked at long enough?
  3. What is hard in your stomach?
  4. What "stinks" to you?
  5. What is a thorn in your eye?
  6. What must finally get away?

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