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The Key to Happiness is Becoming a Lower Maintenance Person (Day Eleven: Twelve Days of Wisdom)

P7170168Because attention, time, and energy are all limited resources, scaling down and living a high-quality yet low-maintenance life is really the way to maximize contentment and minimize stress.

Perhaps you need to have reached a certain age to appreciate this fact (see Day Six), but I am definitely there. Nowadays I am always looking for the ways in which I might downsize, do without, and pare down to only The Good Stuff in life.

For Greater Happiness, Acquire More Experiences and Less Stuff

Let Things Slide

Wear the World Like a Loose Garment

Several Small Pleasures Are Better Than a Few Large Ones

Go Placidly Amidst the Noise and Haste

 

I subscribe to a soothing, sensible, supportive and inspiring website called www.ZenHabits.com

And I love Barry Schwartz’s  TED talk  and book The Paradox of Choice (having lots of options isn’t freeing; it’s paralyzing). Eye-opening and hilarious and very, very true.

The Key to Happiness is Becoming a Lower Maintenance Person (Day Eleven: Twelve Days of Wisdom)


Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."


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Cousins, L. (2019). The Key to Happiness is Becoming a Lower Maintenance Person (Day Eleven: Twelve Days of Wisdom). Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/always-learning/2015/01/the-key-to-happiness-is-becoming-a-lower-maintenance-person-day-eleven-twelve-days-of-wisdom/

 

Last updated: 20 Mar 2019
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