Sunday, 7 September 2014

5 Reasons to Simplify Your Life

One of my philosophies here is "live simply" - easy words to say, but what do they mean? And why would you want to live a simpler lifestyle?

In a nutshell, living simply involves cutting away the crap, de-cluttering, and living a more peaceful, tidy lifestyle. It isn't about throwing away so much of your stuff that you live in a plain white room, bored out of your mind - it's about realising that you could probably do without half the things that take up your time and get in your way when you're trying to find that important piece of paper. It's about organising and prioritising - which is why the rest of the article will be in nice, numbered points rather than a wall of text!

1. It will make life much less stressful.

When you have clutter, you have stress. A chaotic house reflects a chaotic mind. I know that when I look at a messy room I find it harder to concentrate on working. This goes not just for items but for background noise and tasks. Who can focus when they have a million things going on?

When you de-clutter your life, you start to find time for yourself; time where you can simply "be", reflect and find peace. You'll also be far more productive without all those distractions. Not to mention when you're trying to find something and you end up wading through rooms full of junk - how much easier would it be if you knew where everything was, and all of it was stuff that you needed and wanted in your home?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

How You Can be Happy AND Environmentally-Friendly...

Hello there, and sorry for the long, long gap between updates! I'll explain later.

So, even though we all know that we should be doing more for the environment, few of us truly live our lives
in a way that is "green". We might recycle every now and again, but only before jumping into a car to pop down to the shops (to buy coffee that was grown halfway around the world). Why, when we know it's a good thing to do, do so many of us struggle with environmentally-friendly behaviours?

Brown and Kasser (2005) suggest that the reason so few of us are committed to turning to a green lifestyle is that it is often framed as a sacrifice; the idea that we would have to give up a core part of what makes us happy in order to help the environment. Given the choice between our own happiness and the thought of a healthy planet, most of us are likely to satisfy our immediate needs – thoughts of the environment, and our impact on future generations, seem too far off to truly contemplate.