Wanting less is a better blessing than having more. Owning less brings great benefit to your life: less stress, less debt, more time, more freedom. But wanting less brings even more. Removing yourself from the culture of consumption that surrounds us allows wonderful habits to emerge in your life: contentment, gratitude, freedom from comparison, and the opportunity to pursue greater significance.
Once upon a time, consumers largely dictated demand. Today multinational corporations create an excessive supply of often useless goods that overwhelm store shelves. At the same time, these companies invest billions of dollars on campaigns to convince consumers they can not live without some new product no one will even remember a few years from now.
Consumerism is the act of consuming. We are all consumers. We consume air, water and food in order to live. We consume resources by living in modern homes. We consume media, and ideas, and attention. Minimalism is living simply but it is not anti-consumerist. People are increasingly living this way all around the World.
Practical Minimalism is something that you can actively practice. You can pursue a minimalist lifestyle with an open mind and the realization that there are no rules for Minimalism. Do not let anyone sell you that idea. Because if they do sell you that idea, they are usually trying to sell you something. Minimalism makes your life easier, freer, simpler, and more joyful.