The Meaning of Simple Living & High Thinking

Oh man, this is a good one.

I’ve been wanting to write this post for so long since posting A Giving Mentality: A Minimalistic Approach to Owning Too Much.

A little background story.

I’ve always wanted to be more minimalistic. I’ve always been kind of minimalistic as I’ve been traveling and living abroad for years. I’ve had to be able to pack my life into a suitcase and a backpack.

But since COVID-19 I’ve fallen back into old habits.

I don’t want to call it hoarding but I’ve been collecting things I don’t need. Things that would look good in the apartment, gadgets that would make my digital presence cooler, etc. You get the point.

I’m currently in school but will graduate a month from now and I hope that I’ll be able to FINALLY start traveling again. So, I’ve been slowly getting back into the mindset of minimalism and my mental health instantly became better.

I’ve been cleaning up a lot – and I’ve donated so much stuff to donation centers in my hometown – AND IT FEELS SO GOOD! If I haven’t used an item for 6 months, then I’ve either thrown it away or donated it.

Anyway, I want to write about what I consider the lifestyle of my dreams – the concept of simple living and high thinking.

Simple living and high thinking?

If you ask me, this is something every person should adopt into their life.

It’s basically another name for minimalism where you own bare minimum items in your house and life in general. You only own the essentials. It has become more common during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve learned to “survive” with the basic essentials. Some of us have figured out that we don’t need other luxuries than our house, a vehicle, food, and medicine.

  • Simple living and high thinking is the lifestyle of owning less and giving more
  • High thinking will give us happiness and an optimistic outlook on life
  • Get rid of all the non-essentials in your life and see how well your life turns out to be

There’s no one way to establish a lifestyle as a minimalist but you can implement these two things into your everyday life and slowly change your mindset.

Spend less on yourself and more on others

Remember the last time you helped someone? Do you remember how good it felt? Do you remember the sense of joy and satisfaction when the person said thank you?

At least it should’ve felt better than the last time you spend your hard-earned money on branded shoes or the most recent iPhone.

Simple living and high thinking will teach you many life lessons and the joy of helping others. But you shouldn’t do it just for joy or satisfaction. If you’re able to see it as a responsibility, you’ve come a long way. Look at it like this: You’re privileged enough to be able to help others.

How good does that sound?

Practice minimalism for a better life

On one side minimalism is a lifestyle seen from a “minimum in materialistic” point of view. On the other side, it’s about finding maximum peace of mind and tranquility.

I bet you’ve felt annoying and frustrated coming home to a closet full of clothes, a kitchen packed with useless utensils, or a desk covered in useless gadgets.

Get rid of it all.

Why keep something that makes you feel annoyed and frustrated?

Try it one day. It’s addicting.

It’s not easy to achieve a simple living and high thinking lifestyle. Especially, if you’re someone who’s privileged enough to have money to spend.

10 sentences on simple living and high thinking

  1. Simple living and high thinking is the lifestyle of owning less and giving more
  2. It is the thinking that makes us rich and not the wealth we possess
  3. High thinking will give us happiness and an optimistic outlook on life
  4. Get rid of all the non-essentials in your life and see how well our lives turn out to be
  5. The greed of the man to make money has made him miserable and frustrated all the time
  6. To break the glass ceiling and be happy, we need to donate wealth and help the poor and the needy
  7. Following a simple living high thinking gives us a sense of purpose and direction in life
  8. An uncluttered mind comes from an uncluttered closet
  9. The mad rat race to make money has no end and human beings keep running behind it and die one fine day
  10. The real rich person is the one who is happy and content with his life

Going minimalistic is one of the best lifestyle choices I’ve ever made. I hope this post has motivated you to discover what this lifestyle might be able to do for you.

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Thanks for reading,
Rasmus Bak

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