Minimalist Miscellany – Harvard Study on Happiness (and 4 More)

Pear Trees before bloom (minimalist miscellany)

“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.”

– Tenzin Palmo

Today’s Minimalist Miscellany includes reads on happiness, money, exercise, decluttering and a potential reason to limit social media use.

Did you know that the strength of your relationships with family, friends and spouses is a much more important factor in your happiness than money or fame? The Secrets to a Happy Life, From a Harvard Study describes the findings of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of which is that the people in the strongest relationships were protected against chronic disease, mental illness and memory decline.

How Much Money Is Enough? discusses how we can teach our children the concept of “enough.” The author mentions two experiments suggested by financial planner Tim Maurer in Simple Money. First, is to define for yourself “enough” in every category of spending that you do for your children. Second is to force children to wait before buying.

If you’re like me, exercise isn’t one of your favorite activities, but a new study shows that Exercise Slows Brain Aging By 10 Years. Researchers found ” that people who exercise more had higher cognitive scores, while those who were less physically active tended to have lower scores.”

“Decluttering has definitely made my home tidier…. But whilst decluttering has made a big difference, my home didn’t transform miraculously into one which no longer needs tidying…. Decluttering is not the whole story. However, it has taught me a lot about tidying, and made me realise some truths that I probably wouldn’t have figured out if I hadn’t started down the minimalist path,” says  Lindsay Miles in 6 Things Minimalism Taught Me about Tidying.

Many minimalists make a concerted effort not to spend too much time on the Internet, so they’ll have more time for family, friends and hobbies. If you’re a young adult, there is, according to a new study, another reason to be judicious: social media use correlates with depression. Researchers aren’t sure which way causation goes yet, but it’s probably safest to limit social media use.

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