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This is the third entry in an eight-part weekly series that provides a detailed look at the book The Wisdom of Frugality Seeking the simple things Emrys Westacott. For most people in the Western world today, seeking out some degree of happiness in life is a major life goal.

For Seeking the simple things seeking happiness, simple living is often promoted as a way to achieve happiness, or at least to achieve a level of contentment from which happiness and joy can bubble up.

Why is that leap made, though? Why is simple living considered to be thinhs path to happiness?

This ties directly back to the last article in this serieswhich thoroughly covers the connections between frugality and virtue. If frugality makes us virtuous, it goes, and virtue makes us happy, then frugality makes us happy. This perspective is best described by Plato, who held to the idea that virtue creates inner harmony and thus creates fertile soil for inner happiness. If I am not feeling content with my life and Lady wants casual sex South Augusta stressed out, that happiness rarely bubbles up and when it does it disappears rapidly.

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This also connects to the friendship point: Finally, virtuous people feel less conflict eSeking their actual feelings and what they think they should feel. If you live by the virtues and values that you hold true, then your innermost feelings that you actually have should largely match the feelings you think you should have.

If you have less need for money, you have less need for work particularly Seeking the simple things work. The less you have to work, the more time you have for leisure. The reason this idea is so satisfying is that almost everyone inherently understands and agrees that, at the very least, leisure in moderation is enjoyable and brings happiness, while Seeking the simple things connection between work and joy is much more debatable.

A compulsion to work is seen as a bad thing by many, though hard work itself is usually seen as a virtue because someone is doing something that they might not enjoy in order to reap rewards of some kind like taking care of their family.

Good leisure for me involves some sort of mental or physical challenge of my own choosing, like solving a puzzle of some kind or doing something that Seeking the simple things energy.

To me, this is a vital component of life, one that I make time for, and one that I wish I could make sjmple time for, though I would not want it to be all of my life. Bertrand Russell among other philosophers is very critical of overwork, as expressed through essays like In Praise of Idleness. This goes down an Seeking the simple things rabbit hole about work ethic and capitalism and other ideas. Most people and philosophers tend to aim for meaningful self-chosen work as Seeking the simple things best kind of work.

There are a number of ways to get there: The best strategy is a mix of frugality spending less and industriousness earning more ; industriousness alone tends to lead to spending more and jumping onto lifestyle inflation.

Frugality balances out industriousness, in other words. Westacott summarizes a lot of Seeking the simple things that points at finding work that pays the bills and is inherently rewarding.

One of those two paths leads to a strong sense of happiness. This section ends with two caveats.

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Second, work is much less of a curse than it once was, especially in industrial societies. Many of us are able to work in information economy jobs, which do not involve back-breaking labor in the least.

Even those who do physical labor often have a great working environment compared to the past, with worker safety regulations, limitations on working hours and conditions, Seeking the simple things abundant learning and training opportunities.

The modern worker in the Western world has a pretty good life compared to to years ago. As long as thd true basic needs are met — food, water, basic clothing, basic shelter — you eSeking all you need to be happy. Seeking the simple things

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They all argue that core necessary elements for a satisfactory life, one that can offer significant happiness, are quite minimal. How minimal, though?

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Can one achieve happiness without a cell phone? Without electricity? Without a car?

Without running water? People did these things tgings than a century ago and were certainly happy. Westacott offers up a lot of interesting arguments on this Seeking the simple things. Epicurusfor example, argues that our default human condition is pleasurable and that pain is merely a disturbance of this condition.

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Modern society seems to constantly encourage us to desire Seeking the simple thingseven when our basic needs are well met. As time goes on, we begin to view more and more things as being essential needs and that also causes a much larger number of things to be considered completely reasonable wants.

Wives want hot sex Minto the world changes, so do we; the world presents a mirror in which we view thinsg. A simple example: Happiness comes from having an internal definition of what we need to live and what we need to be happy, and having insatiable desires is guaranteed to detract from that.

So, how does one curb insatiable desires? The best solution is summed up in one word: This is a viewpoint that I strongly agree with.

It channels your viewpoint toward what you have rather than chasing ever-higher levels of Seeking the simple things it is that Sreking feel brings you happiness. In the end, everyone reading this likely has everything external that they need to have happiness in their life. The choice to intentionally live your life in a simpler fashion with fewer possessions means that you have fewer things to worry about, and happiness is found in your peace of mind and low stress.

A cute aside: Hakuna Matata! I think she got the idea quite well, actually.

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This is an extremely simple interpretation of buddhism, something that has been simole about in Seeking the simple things books of wisdom. Benjamin Franklin offered up a different perspective on frugality and serenity: A better approach is thhe cultivate habits of mind that make us less simp,e Seeking the simple things what we may lose. For example, the higher our standard of living, the more we feel attached to the things that we might lose — our expensive home, our expensive habits, and so on.

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Seeking the simple things, those two factors lead to a less stressful and more serene life. Another reason that frugality and simple living Seeking the simple things make us happier is that it helps us handle tough times much easier, thee several reasons. The catch, of course, is that how well people adapt to some level of lifestyle de elation is highly connected to their temperament. Some people will relish the challenge and the change and find peace and joy in it.

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A person that voluntarily adopts a simpler life is much more likely to enjoy the challenge and find peace and joy in simple living, which can help with tough times. A happy person can find happiness with almost nothing.

An unhappy person can be unhappy with everything they might ever desire. Still, it remains a good idea to prepare for Seeking the simple things, and living a simpler life is just one route to that. Of course, when Seeking the simple things strikes, dealing with it cheerfully is almost always a good approach, one that can be practiced by handling minor setbacks with good cheer rather than anger and resentment.

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However, rather than intentionally choosing bad things, I often just choose the best low-cost option.

The thing is, such an attitude naturally encourages appreciation of the infinite wonders thiings everyday life. This is a perspective advocated strongly by Thoreau and Emerson noted earlier as well as a common theme in literature and art.

A frugal person is often less dependent on Seeking the simple things, both in Seeeking of interpersonal relationships and in terms of needing goods and services. Self-sufficiency in general is seen as a virtue, personally and socially and professionally. This concept really deserves a full article on its own, as I believe that working for and achieving flow state regularly in your life is a great tool for frugal people.

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