K.I.S.S. “Keep It Simple, Silly” is an age-old acronym suggesting simplicity is the best policy. But when it comes to everyday living, do you think it may be a way for people to attain personal satisfaction and good health?
Simple is not Stupid
Depending on the definition, one’s perception of simple may be quite different than another’s. For the sake of clarification, let’s look at “simplicity” as minimizing, making mindful choices, and practicing gratitude—in all areas of life.
Start with clutter. Piles of papers and an overabundance of material items around the house or office can be stressful. De-clutter and reduce your anxiety level.
Think about how happy you are when you’re on vacation, where there are no worries at home staring you in the face. It’s actually possible to achieve that sensation in your everyday environment. One key action is to minimize material possessions.
And it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process.
All it takes is a little effort every time you look in your closet. If it’s ripped, worn out, or unloved, get rid of it. Look through the pantry and fridge. If food is expired, freezer-burned, or, you know you’ll never eat it, toss it. This also applies to boxes of old letters, ancient tax receipts, and duplicate copies of photos. Old towels, sheets, burned pot-holders—it’s probably time to add them to the trash bin as well.
Making Mindful Choices
Sure, you love to volunteer. You want to go to every event you’re invited to. Of course, you want to attend every sport, music, choir, parent-night on the calendar. Or do you? Perhaps it’s time not to say “yes” to everything.
Spend time in ways that are satisfying to you. We are all way too busy, and the effects are poor health. Take walks in nature. Visit friends and family that you really like. Support your kids so they know you care, but not to the detriment of your sanity and health (and in turn, theirs.) Rest and good sleeps are intensely satisfying and necessary for optimum health.
Reduce chaos. This may mean not overspending on holidays, not going to that party, but instead exercising, reading, or simply “playing.”
“Being grateful” has become such a trendy buzz-saying. The truth is that this philosophy is ancient and successfully effective. It also lies as a root to many religions. Practicing gratitude has been proven to increase internal personal satisfaction as well as one’s physical health. It’s invaluably worthy.
Gratitude helps simplify
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure and improve immune function…”
Another study from UC San Diego’s School of Medicine revealed that people who are more grateful had better cardiovascular health. They also had less overall inflammation in their bodies.
Being grateful for a way to earn a living, your clothes, furniture, food, and most of all, the people in your life, can bring a personal joy like no other. With that healthy spirit, a strengthening of the physical can certainly follow suit.
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