Minimalist Miscellany: Time, Happiness, Sleep and More

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Today’s Minimalist Miscellany links cover a variety of topics, including buying and trading time and how to sleep better.

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff discusses the advantage of paying people to do things you don’t like to do.

How good is that wine? Depends on the price. The same wine tastes better when it’s labeled with a higher price tag, according to researchers at the University of Bonn.

Purpose in life by day linked to better sleep at night describes a Northwestern University study about sleep. Researchers found that having a purpose in life means you’re more likely to sleep better at night. The study participants were older adults, but researchers think the findings are likely applicable to the broader public.

Planning to give all your stuff to your kids when you downsize? Better have another think. No one wants it.

“For example, let’s assume I’ve worked 40 hours a week over 50 weeks a year for the last 20 years. I’ve traded 40,000 hours of my life for all the stuff I have bought (including experiences).” Is this a good trade?

A Harvard study lasting nearly 80 years reveals that close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives.

Want to be happier? Live in a small house. points out how average house sizes have grown over the years and how with a larger home, “you’ll be paying all the time for a lot of space you only use some of the time.”

Seems like most of what we read about minimalism is written by white bloggers. Can You Be a Minimalist in the UAE offers a rarely seen Middle Eastern perspective on minimalism.

Are we materialistic enough? “If we were things-lovers we’d have better things, and few things we don’t use,” says David Cain.

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2 thoughts on “Minimalist Miscellany: Time, Happiness, Sleep and More

  1. All good links this week. The connection between a purpose in life and a good night’s sleep was interesting.

    As for leaving our stuff to families I can attest to the fact that no one wants, or needs, it. My grandmother was so proud of her belongings after having so little growing up that she left several things to me. While I appreciated her sentiment the furniture she left wasn’t to my taste and was a burden. I had this unreasonable thought that by not accepting or giving them to someone else I was saying I didn’t love her. I was frozen from even painting or making changes to them that would have suited me better. I hated seeing her tastes infecting my home. Finally, I passed them on to others who appreciated and loved them and have felt so much freer since.

I'd love for you to share your ideas and experiences.