The Case Against Praising Excess
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by joshua becker
4d ago
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” —Jim Carrey Our world is quick to applaud success—as well it should. It is entirely appropriate to champion those who develop their talents, work hard, and overcome obstacles. There are many successful people in my life that I admire, look up to, and wish to emulate. But our world is also fixated on praising excess. This is not entirely surprising. We are not the first society to worship conspicuous consumption, nor will we be the last. But it is certainly a def ..read more
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From Minimalist Lifestyle to Global Change: The Hope Effect Story
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by joshua becker
1w ago
In two weeks, I will celebrate 16 years of Becoming Minimalist (both the lifestyle and this blog). If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time, you know that I LOVE listing out the positive benefits of owning less. In almost every post, in way or another, I point out the life-giving benefits of pursuing minimalism—more freedom, less stress, greater productivity, just to name a few. If I had to list out my favorite benefits in order, I’m not sure I could. But I do know that opening up my life to greater generosity would be one of the benefits near the top. When you own less, you ..read more
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5 Things You Can Do Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For
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by joshua becker
1w ago
“Six months from now, what will you wish you had spent time on today?” —James Clear It’s easy to miss the potential of today because “today” happens so often. But each day provides opportunity. As a result of our actions today, we will move forward, stay the same, or (unfortunately) slip further away from the person we want to be. Every single day, we make choices. And even though both routine and chaos can blur that fact, it remains true whether we feel it or not. We make choices every day about how to spend our time, our money, our energy, and even what receives our attention. And these cho ..read more
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A Simple Habit That Brings Me Clarity and Peace
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by guest
1w ago
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Allison Fallon, author of Write Your Story. Most of us want to live a simpler, more intentional life. But in a world with “can’t-miss” meetings and emails, pings and dings from messages and DMs, school pick-ups and drop-offs, holiday hoo-ras and birthdays, tornado warnings and twenty four hour news cycles, it can be challenging to narrow in on what can stay and what has to go. There’s a simple habit I have been using for years that helps me take the chaotic and overwhelming amount of information that comes into my experience on any given day and whittl ..read more
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Wake Up to New Potential Today
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by joshua becker
2w ago
“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” —Germany Kent Every morning, including this one, brings with it new potential and a chance for change. This is an amazing opportunity for those who need it—and a stark reminder for those who don’t. Think about it: whether we wake up feeling stuck in a free-fall or genuinely satisfied with where we are, every sunrise emerges with new opportunity and new responsibility. And it is up to us, every day, to make the most of this gift. Every day, we can choose to move toward the life we dream of—or sit idle as another day ..read more
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Less Clutter, More Home
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by joshua becker
3w ago
“A comfortable home is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.” —Sydney Smith, 1843 It is difficult to overstate the importance we humans place on “home.” I once heard a commentator speaking about the movie The Wizard of Oz. His opinion on why it has become such an iconic film was “because Dorothy’s journey is ultimately one where her entire goal is simply to return home. And that longing is true for each of us. We all desire a home where we are loved, accepted, and can return to when we need to.” How interesting then, for me, when I stumbled acro ..read more
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Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
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by joshua becker
3w ago
For the last ten years, I have been compiling and publishing curated articles that inspire simplicity. At first, it was an exercise in communicating to Becoming Minimalist readers the most popular articles I sent out on Twitter. But over the years, it has become more than that. It has become a place where people come for a dose of inspiration. And it has become a place to promote and encourage writers around the world who are publishing content about minimalism, simplicity, and intentional living. I think you will enjoy this collection of articles hand-selected for you this weekend. Grab some ..read more
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5 House Rules to Make Minimalism Work for Any Decorating Style
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by guest
3w ago
Note: This is a guest post from Myquillyn Smith of The Nesting Place and author of House Rules. What comes to mind when you think of minimalist home decorating? I used to think minimalism was a style of its own—a harsh, colorless contemporary style that worked for twentysomething bachelors with leather sofas and no drapes. To me that wasn’t pretty, but I had to admit it did sound freeing. My apologies to twentysomething bachelors and actual minimalists. I was wrong. The truth is minimalism isn’t a style, it’s a lens for understanding that more isn’t always better when it comes to creating a h ..read more
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How to Distinguish Between Wants and Needs
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by joshua becker
3w ago
Maybe one of the most underrated skills in our world today is the ability to distinguish between wants and needs. Think about it: When was the last time you sat down to actually distinguish between the two? I’m not even sure most of us could accomplish it if we tried. Learning to be content living with just the things we need is even more difficult, but I’m not even talking about that. I’m just talking about even being able to distinguish the difference. Some of this difficulty, no doubt, is human nature. Hedonic Adaptation is a good example of how quickly we can conflate needs and wants—not ..read more
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Clear Clutter, Create Change: Becoming Minimalist’s Life-Changing Courses
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by joshua becker
1M ago
Whether you want to live a more minimalist life or you aspire to help others achieve that goal, I want to help. This month, I am launching two online courses. Uncluttered will help you declutter your home, while my Professional Training (Becker Method Certification) is designed to help those of you who want to get better at helping others own less. Both are important and starting later this month—though they are designed to help different people. Uncluttered: Your Step Towards a Clutterfree Home Uncluttered is a comprehensive 12-week online course designed to guide you through decluttering th ..read more
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