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I N S P I R AT I O N ▲
PEOPLE ARE DISCOVERING THAT
EXTRAVAGANCE, FLASHINESS AND STRIVING
FOR MORE CAN LEAD TO UNHAPPINESS
pre-recession years, lagom teaches
that less is more. But if you think
moderation and frugality sound
boring and joyless, think again.
Increasingly, people are discovering
that extravagance, ﬂashiness and
striving for more can ultimately
lead to unhappiness. Contentment
with 'enough' is the true route to
a happy and fulﬁlled life.
HOW CAN I CREATE
If you want to achieve a better balance,
reduce stress and spend more time
on the things that give you joy, you
need to take an inventory of your life
and see where you can make changes.
Can you ﬁnd ways to reduce your
expenditure so you don't have to work
such long hours? Look at your bills
- can you switch utility providers to
save money? Change where you shop?
Cut out indulgences that are about
keeping up with the Joneses but add
no real beneﬁt or joy to your life?
It's not just about how you spend
money - it's also about how you spend
your time. Do you work longer hours
than you need to? Do you waste hours
on activities such as gaming or social
media when you could use that time
for the activities and people you love?
How about trying to lower your
environmental impact - could you
improve your recycling habits? Change
to renewable energies? Reduce your
food wastage? The inner peace you get
by doing less damage to the planet will
feed back into your wellbeing. >
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