How Minimalism Enhances Happiness

February 19, 2014 Katharina Lochner

There is the saying that sometimes less is more. This also applies to happiness.

By this we do not mean that less happiness is more. Rather we mean that less stuff and room leads to more happiness.
In a TED Talk architect and industrial designer Graham Hill states that owning a lot of stuff means high debt, high CO2 footprints, and stress, while owning few things gives more freedom and more time.

He has three simple principles for achieving this freedom:

  • Edit ruthlessly.
  • Think before you buy and think small.
  • Make multifunctional.

Let’s make room for the good stuff.

 

About the Author

Katharina Lochner

Dr Katharina Lochner is the former research director for the cut-e Group which was acquired by Aon in 2017. Katharina is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Iserlohn, Germany. In her role at cut-e, she applied the research in organizational and work psychology to real-world assessment practice. She has a strong expertise in the construction and evaluation of online psychometric tools.

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