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  27 months ago

What's Your Opinion (NZ): If you gave up most material possessions and had a minimalist lifestyle, do you think you’d be happy? Why or why not?

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Our question this week is: If you gave up most material possessions and had a minimalist lifestyle, do you think you’d be happy? Why or why not? (Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions to the least possible, and live with only the bare essentials)

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  27 months ago
yes i would be happy, as i have learnt that things are not important family & friends are more important


  27 months ago
I would be still happy as material things arnt important its wat u make of wat u have


  27 months ago
I believe a minimalist lifestyle would be rather fulfilling. I would not feel so bound to possessions, and take time to enjoy the little things and the experiences of life which have so much more value than material possessions.


  27 months ago
I think I would be happy because life would be simple and uncomplicated


  27 months ago
To a point it is life is not much different with less, but you would have to find different things to fill your time. Decluttering is good for relieving stress and to have less things to look after is quite good.


  27 months ago


  27 months ago
I think the minimalist lifestyle is a great choice for some people, unfortunately, I'm not one of those people. I'm a postgrad student with hopes for a career in academia. This means that I need a lot of things (books, stationary, technology) to continue to be successful. I would love to half the stuff I have, but every time I try I need that textbook I was going to donate.


  27 months ago
Pretty much doing it already :)


  27 months ago
Giving up most of my material possession for a minimalist but SAFE lifestyle was a reality in my life, we emigrated to New Zealand more than 17 years ago; after we sold everything in South Africa to pay 5 plane tickets to New Zealand.
We and our 3 kids started up a new life from almost scratched, with almost no money in a new country, a different language and culture.
Yes, most of our material possessions stayed behind, BUT we had the Almighty Living God in us, Who emigrated with us to Auckland, NZ. And we as family loved each other, stood together and already had chosen to be happy!
After 17 years I can say, we grew into courageous , responsible people, who love all other cultures. My children are happily married and yes 2 years ago we bought our FIRST house in NZ.
Man's lifestyle and possessions are not the origin of joy and happiness.
Joy and happiness is a PERSONAL CHOICE, no material things can give you the joy that makes you a joyful person at all times! Joy and happiness comes from within us!


  27 months ago
My family lives a minimalist lifestyle right now. Seems to be quite a stress free environment & we are happy.
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