Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Less is More

It is often said that less is more. This can be in the way we use words, for example, public speakers and writers are advised not to complicate what they say or write by using too many words. Short sentences which are to the point are easier to understand.

There is also a growing group of people that have downsized and have less materially, who believe that such a lifestyle gives them more quality of life. You might have seen on the TV or within social media the tiny house movement, where people are living in quite small homes, many of which are built on trailers. These homes whether built of traditional materials or something completely different are certainly interesting designs in which small spaces can be maximised.

There are many benefits to adopting a principle of less is more. In the case above, a smaller home can cost less to buy or rent, and less to heat and maintain. It takes less time to look after as well as the cost, leaving you free to do other things that can be more beneficial to your health and overall well-being. With fewer things to worry about and maintain other than a home, can bring you a freedom that would not otherwise be possible.

With the principle of less is more you might have to change your mindset in many ways. For example, you might be the kind of person that buys a lot of clothes and frankly, in many parts of the world, there are some very cheap items of clothing. This can give you a large wardrobe to select from which of course in itself takes time and effort to look after and usually cheap clothes don’t always last very long. It can be better, therefore, to spend more on some good quality items that will wear and clean better than the lower cost alternatives and will work out to be better value in the long term.

This, of course, does not mean buying the most expensive items made but those that are of good quality without being a "designer label” price.

With many of the things we buy and use in daily life, I am sure that many of us have at times tried to save money by buying something cheap. Fairly soon though we find that it either didn’t last long or wouldn’t do the job it was supposed to do properly. That item wasted our money and caused us to buy a replacement. A good kitchen knife can cost quite a lot but if it lasts longer, cuts quicker and is safer to use that’s a good thing. One purchase, rather than several over the years fits the principle of less is more.

Employment: Less is More

Recent studies have shown that employers who reduce the working week to 4 days (on the same salary) for their employees have seen an increase in productivity better than achieved over 5 days. For these employers, less is certainly proving to be more. There are good reasons for this. A happy and refreshed workforce can be more productive than one which is tired and struggling. The extra day off creates the ability for the employees to have more energy and a willingness to get things done in the time allotted out of respect for what their employer is doing for them.

Health: Less is More

Having a simpler life can reduce stress. We have fewer possessions to worry about, less expense and more time to enjoy things that really matter. We can develop a mindset that prevents us from being manipulated by the commercial world into always wanting the next 'must have' gadget. People today are under pressure to conform, if you haven't got this or that you can't be happy is the mantra. That's just plain wrong! You can be happy with very little. Happiness does not, never has and never will depend on having more and more possessions. Don't fall into the trap that happiness can be bought.

The materialistic way of life creates stress and that can lead to all manner of health issues. Heart disease, stroke, mental health problems, depression, cancer and more have all been found to be either caused by or exasperated by stress. The principle of less is more is really profound if it can reduce these problems.

Have you ever tried to simplify your life? Did you succeed? Are you planning to do so in the future?

Please leave a comment in the box below and let me know your experience and thoughts about ‘less is more’.

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