Is minimalism the key to happiness?

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Dec 5, 2022 19:30 - 19:45(Europe/Copenhagen)
Organizer: Toastmasters International, Heidelberg

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Number of participants: 30

We live in a world that is driven by consumerism, where the message is always needing more and never having enough. There’s always something around the corner that is bigger, faster and better. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements reminding us to eat more, shop more and indulge more. The average American house contains more than 300,000 items. A Cornell University study estimated that an average average adult makes about 35,000 sub-conscious decisions of which 221 decisions concern food alone each day! On the topic of food, why do supermarkets carry 100 varieties of cereals, yoghurts, sausages? What would take us to be contented? More importantly, what forces are we trying to resist?

Our modern-day life is filled with things to do, buy, achieve, plan, strive for and tick off. It takes a lot of discipline to separate the wheat from the chaff. It takes conscious effort to avoid succumbing to these pressures. It’s humanely challenging to reduce the clutter till you can't further subtract any more.
The solution is Minimalism, which has a deeper meaning and history than is generally recognised. A minimalist lifestyle is a conscious and aware one, of the stuff that clutters and distracts you from living a meaningful life.

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