Simple Living

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Boost Your Happiness Using This Simple Tactic

We all like to treat ourselves to something special every once in a while. Maybe it's a night out, an ice cream, some chocolate or a new video game. All these things can give us a dose of happiness. Today I'm looking at a trick that you can use to boost the amount of enjoyment you get from these sorts of simple pleasures ... it works, it's easy and it'll save you some money to boot!  ... read more of this story»

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8 Reasons Why Small Houses Are Better Than Big Ones

One of the key characteristics of simplified living is knowing what is enough. Enough possessions, enough money, enough everything. Today I'm going to go over some of the benefits of keeping your house size at the 'enough' level.  ... read more of this story»

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Still Lovin' Shovelin' Snow

It's been a few weeks since I wrote about why I think shoveling snow is such a great activity. Since then we've had three major snowfalls and a handful of minor ones in Ottawa. Am I still as convinced that snow shoveling is as great as I originally thought? You bet.  ... read more of this story»

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Simplify By Harnessing Your Urge To Get Ahead

It is difficult to maintain a simple lifestyle when we are surrounded by others who don't. It is tough not to get the latest and greatest when everyone else is getting it. It can be one of the hardest aspects of getting started with simplification in your life and can sometimes cause you to give up. Our desire to compete with others and to compare our situation with others is deeply rooted in our genetic make up. However, by looking at things slightly differently, we can take full advantage of this natural impulse to get ahead to keep us going down the road to simplicity.  ... read more of this story»

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Exercise That Works: Shoveling Snow

As the first Winter storm of the season lumbered through the region yesterday, I had the opportunity to have a free workout shoveling snow. It felt great. It was rewarding in more than one way as well: I got a great workout and I got a clear driveway. For my health, happiness and pocket book, I almost wish it would snow three time a week! Read on to see why.  ... read more of this story»

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For Maximum Value - Use It

As I look around my home at the items that I have accumulated over the years I have noticed the personal value I assign to each thing does not always relate to the amount I paid for them. Sometimes I value something much more than I paid for it but mostly I value things a lot less. Instead of lamenting my past purchasing decisions, I've decided to use this realization to help sway my future ones. Could you do the same?  ... read more of this story»

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Where Not to Find Inspiration

I have a small problem with some people's idea of an inspirational story about "how they did it." You know the one's with the headline: "How I Made Enough to Retire by Investing" or "How I Left the Rat Race and Now Love Life." Sure they sound like the exact thing you are looking for but when you read them they leave you feeling as if you will never be able follow in their footsteps. Sometimes people who "succeed" in simplifying their lives just don't make good role models for the rest of us. Here's why.  ... read more of this story»

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On Simple Living

There are lots of labels out there for the different ways a person can simplify their lives: voluntary simplicity, simple living, frugal living, etc. Now someone who is a scholar of these ideas will tell you that there are distinct differences between all the labels. Frugality is different than Simplicity and all that. They may be correct but I try not to split hairs over deciding which label to place on an idea. The fact is, leading a simpler, more frugal, happier life will open doors that were hidden before. You'll have more security, less stress and you can feel good about yourself all at the same time.  ... read more of this story»

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