What do we lack that’s stopping us from being happy? According to scientific studies, the answer definitely isn’t more stuff. Even Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius knew that “very little is needed to make a happy life”, so having less stuff is actually the way to go.
We’ve all gone looking for happiness at some point and found it, only to feel it drift away again. In the hamster wheel of the modern age, we often want more possessions than we have, which creates a cycle of discontent.
“Our attempts to live well are today governed by a logic of expansion, in which happiness is the frequency, rather than the intensity, of pleasant moments. Those who only look for the best can waste their entire lives trying to find it,” says social psychologist Daniel Gilbert. He believes a radically simplified life is the best way to be happy in a multi-option society.
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