Minimalist Miscellany: Well-Being, Real Life Minimalism, Wardrobes, Budgeting and Brains

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Today’s Minimalist Miscellany includes items about improving well-being, “regular people” who are minimalists, capsule wardrobes, budgeting and why our brains love to shop.

In Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts, Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, suggests four exercises to cultivate well-being. According to Seligman, the components of well-being include engagement, good relationships, accomplishment and purpose.

Why go to the trouble of doing these exercises? According to A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health, studies have shown an “indisputable link” between positive outlooks and health benefits.

When less is more: Living a minimalist lifestyle discusses the experiences of several “regular people” who became minimalists, including a web developer and a real estate agent.

Still on the fence about capsule wardrobes? Read Stylist Wendy Mak on why you only need 30 pieces of clothing to create a wardrobe. Mak says we wear only 20% of our wardrobes and shop for clothes without thinking about what we actually need.

Minimalist Budget: 5 Ways to Make it Work points out that becoming a minimalist doesn’t guarantee that you’ll save money. “What if a one-car household replaces their Toyota Corolla with a Ferrari LaFarrari which retails for nearly $1.5 million?” Sam Lustgarten goes on to offer tips on how to save money as a minimalist.

In Why we really buy things we don’t need, Dr. Jenny Brockis says, “Buying makes us feel good through the release of dopamine, the brain’s reward hormone.” She also explains that
the brain loves novelty and clever displays with colours and textures are deliberately designed to entice us.”

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