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Old 03-09-2017, 06:27 AM
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The Secret to Happiness? Simplify.

The Secret to Happiness? Simplify.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2160106/less-more

"The first week, I felt like an alcoholic standing outside a liquor-store window. I had a strong urge to cheat, to buy something small like a book or a movie ticket. But midway through the month, the compulsive urge to consume relaxed. At home I realized that not only did I have a jacket that would get me through ski season, I actually had two, even if they didn’t breathe quite as well as I’d like. I began to look at things I previously considered at the end of their useful life—jeans with holes, a laptop that was a few years old—as perfectly functional.

I spent less time scrolling through gear blogs fantasizing about smartwatches or fishing reels, which meant that I had more time for things that really mattered: my wife, my friends, my colleagues—people, not things."

BTW, I am a gear whore...
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It's a hard thing to do in our consumer-based economy. Ads for stuff are everywhere, even on this webpage. I've spent the last few years simplifying. First step is to stop buying stuff, but the second is equally hard - getting rid of stuff you're not using but is still good. I made countless trips to Goodwill and the Salvation Army, sold a ton of stuff on Craigslist, and went from having five vehicles to one. With less stuff, I didn't need a monster-sized place to contain it, so I downsized there too. I used to go through computers like water. Now, my desktop is seven years old, and my laptop five. There's really no need to replace either, as the desktop was overbuilt in the first place.
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