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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and Netflix films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 276 | The Unfollowing

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about unsubscribing and unfollowing anything that doesn’t bring tranquility or increase well-being, and they answer the following questions:

  • How has unsubscribing and unfollowing helped your tranquility?
  • Should we attempt to explain ourselves to others when they question our minimalist lifestyle, or simply invite them to ‘unfollow’ us?
  • Can minimalism help us bring order back to our chaotic lives?
  • How do we determine the appropriate ‘path’?
  • We can’t impose tranquility on the world around us, so how do we adjust our internal settings to maintain inner tranquility?
  • Why do insults irritate us so intensely?
  • How do we adjust relationships that are predicated on conflict?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Imposed peace always leads to conflict.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “All conflict arises from within.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If one has a deep enough desire to eliminate conflict, they will remove anything that produces that conflict.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Tranquility is not a destination.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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