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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Channel Surfing

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We’re always looking for something better. Something nicer or faster or newer or shinier or bigger. Something more. Something else.

The remote control made this kind of searching easier than ever. You can search a thousand channels without leaving your couch, flipping endlessly through channel after channel after channel until you find something better.

But television isn’t the only place in which we constantly search for something better. We flip through every aspect of our lives—food, relationships, entertainment, work—all the while looking for anything other than what’s in front of us.

The problem is that, in a world of unlimited choices, there actually is always something better somewhere on another channel. So, even when we find something we like—something we enjoy—it’s never enough, and we begin to yearn for something else.

The key, then, is to be happy with the channel you’re watching. If you’re not happy, take action, change the channel—work hard to change your situation. But once you find something you like, enjoy it. You needn’t search in perpetuity.

Once you enjoy your life, you will grow, and eventually the channel will change on its own.