It’s no secret that we live in a world of consumption.  But just how much do you consume, and how much does this constant-need for the newer-better-thing, consume you?  Worse even, could these impulse purchases actually be having an effect on your happiness in this world?    It wasn’t until we watched Netflix’s Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things that we started to realise just what impact our lifestyle may be having on us.

If you’ve never heard of it, this must-watch documentary follows Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, aka “The Minimalists,” and shines a light on the insanity of trying to buy happiness.  So what is minimalism all about? The film’s director, Matt D’Avella has shared why it is so much more than a buzzword.  Here’s why learning to live with less could change the way you see the world:


  1. People are spending money faster than they are earning it
  2. People are trying to buy happiness
  3. We live in an illusion that our life should be perfect
  4. The American dream is not for everybody
  5. You can’t control making more money but you can control spending less
  6. There’s more to life than bills, money, and work
  7. Check out project 333 to live with fewer clothes
  8. Meditation is about finding well being in the present moment
  9. We are always distracted by things like phones etc, and meditation is an antidote to these distractions
  10. Human identity should be defined by what one does and not what one owns
  11. We think we need those things because we’ve been told we needed them by society
  12. Minimalism is about questing for a life that is good for yourself and the people around you
  13. When you get something new you should ask yourself: is this adding value to my life?
  14. Love people and use things, because the opposite never works