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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. They live in Montana by way of Dayton, Ohio. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.

Consumption Is Not the Problem

following a template

We all need some stuff. Many of us have taken it too far, though. The average American household contains more than 300,000 possessions.

We have accumulated more than we need in hopes that it’ll make us happy someday in some hypothetical future. But it won’t. We know this. Needing more will always lead to a pall of desire until we feel trapped by consumption.

But consumption isn’t the problem; compulsory consumption is the problem. Purchasing more stuff to make us happy—following a broken template—is the real issue.

The solution, then, is to consume deliberately—to ignore the bullshit advertisements and determine what we need based on our own lives, not what we’ve been told we need.

We’re all different, so what we need is different for each of us.