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A Merry Minimalist Christmas – Happiness Article

Here it is again. The most wonderful time of the year. Everything is red, white, green, gold, even pink and blue. One can fill their whole phone with saved pictures from the web of rooms filled with the most beautiful decor. From Dr. Seuss Christmas to the glam girl pink Candy Land themed rooms. This season is easily the best time for any company to make its biggest sales out of the year. And here we are, faced with so…

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5 Ways to Cultivate a Present Moment Gratitude Practice – Happiness Article

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. Many families have a tradition of going around the table at the Thanksgiving meal to name something they are grateful for that year, while others may incorporate gratitude in a more structured way as part of their morning or evening routines. Regardless of when we give thanks, the research is clear: expressing gratitude can make you healthier and happier. Yet, like many things that we…

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Does Stuff Make You Less Lonely? – Happiness Article

I have a confession. Decluttering makes me feel lonely. Even when I want to downsize extra stuff, it’s hard. I find myself putting dusty keepsakes back into the same boxes where they have lived for years and walking around in an emotional funk for the rest of the week. But recently I’ve been forced to reexamine those feelings. Our family is going to be moving out of state after spending over a decade living in a sprawling house on rural…

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Losing Weight – No Sidebar – Happiness Article

We just bought the house we’ve been renting for the past 5 years. This house feels like an embrace from your granny – when you walk in, you will be completely immersed into its bigness, coziness, musty old smell, and crazy character. We fell in love with the house, just like you love a family member – it’s not perfect, but it belongs to our clan. Since we purchased it, we are shedding the weight of its previous owners. Both…

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What Minimalism Means to Me: More Time to Love – Happiness Article

After a recent decluttering, I decided to take a bag of clothes to a donation bin. I carried my bag through the city neighborhood where I live, trying to balance myself as I passed expensive row homes lined up and people enjoying their Saturday morning coffee before heading to the farmers’ market or brunch. In many ways, this snapshot was familiar, mirroring precisely what I had done during many of these decluttering events in the past several years. But this…

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