Have you ever wished you were rich and famous? Craved the spotlight, the fame, the luxury? Even tweeted a celebrity in hopes that it might blossom into a modern-day Cinderella story? (Come on ladies, don’t tell me you haven’t drooled over Chris Pine lately). I think every one of us has daydreamed of having a more extravagant lifestyle. And there’s nothing wrong with that, really. But too much time in the clouds can make you feel like your own life isn’t good enough. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with a quiet, simple life. In fact, simplicity might be just what you need to find happiness.

Why Is It Hard To Live A Simple, Quiet Life?

Of course, wishing for fame and fortune isn’t always the issue. Sometimes it’s a matter of feeling like your life should be more interesting. Like you should be more involved in the community, hold a higher position at work, or develop a few new hobbies. But where does this constant yearning for more come from? Why is it so hard to be content with what you have? Here are 3 common reasons I have found for feeling this way.

1. Outside Pressure

The pressure to do more and be more can come from any number of places such as family, friends, or just society in general. Don’t get me wrong, striving to be better every day is a worthwhile value. But that doesn’t mean you need to have the biggest house on the block, finish a masters degreebefore you’re 25, and say yes to every volunteer opportunity that comes your way. Even if everyone around you seems convinced that you should. Sometimes taking things slow is the best option.  

2. Comparing Yourself To Others

Social media makes it all too easy to compare your life with others’. Just a swipe or two on your phonewill reveal dozens of bright, colorful photos with vacations in paradise, delicious home-made meals, and perfect families. How is anyone supposed to compete with that? The trouble is, of course, that no one’s life is as perfect as they portray it on the screen. So comparing your very real, simple life to someone else’s edited and filtered version really doesn’t make any sense.

3. Life Has A Way Of Getting Complicated

Sometimes, through no fault of your own, life just gets a little crazy. One minute your planner is clean and pretty and the next minute you’re trying to juggle carpools, projects, practices, meetings, and the neighborhood potluck all at once. It’s hard to keep your life simple when there’s so much you have to do just to survive. 

How To Find Happiness In Simplicity

So how do you achieve and find happiness in a simple life? It will probably take some practice, and may even be something you need to constantly remind yourself. But once you find that simple life sweet spot, you’ll never want to leave it. Here are some ideas on how to enjoy the simple life. 

  • Choose to live in the moment. Don’t let the small things pass you by. The more you appreciate exactly what’s in front of you, the less you’ll crave something different.
  • Rekindle your joy for an old hobby. It’s easy to compare your skills or talents with someone else’s. But finding your own creative outlet can help you realize how amazing your own life journey really is.
  • Meditation. Take a moment every day to evaluate your life goals and progress. Recommit to your own life path.
  • Focus on relationships. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and neglect the people around you. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and live for those relationships.
  • Learn to say no. Think about all the things going on in your daily life. How many of those things are really essential and beneficial to you? Ask yourself, do I really love having this in my life? If you find something that is causing you more stress than joy, let it go.

It’s The Quiet Life For Me

If you feel your life is too quiet, simple, or boring, ask yourself why you feel that way. Try some of the tips above to practice finding joy in a simple life. Because there is no shame in a quiet life! Living a simple life means you are focusing on the important things. The things that make you happy. The things that bring you peace. And if you ask me, that’s the kind of life I’d like to live.

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