More Happiness, Less Stuff in 2016

The complexity of the Universe allows for many possibilities, but as any truly successful artist knows, we must judiciously select from the many possibilities to create anything of value.  To narrow down, to cull, is the work of an artist.  To take a block of wood or marble and remove what doesn't look like an elephant is how one sculpts an elephant.  To select a few notes, with silence in between, is the way a beautiful melody is written.  To create a truly unique life of our own we must do the same.

In this modern world we are faced with an enormous number of choices and often find ourselves overwhelmed with suggestions of what we should own and how our lives should be.  Television is the most prevalent method of suggestion.  It tells us what to drive, what to eat, how to look, etc...

Studies show that the happiness level of Americans has fallen in the last few decades, although our choices and possessions have increased.   Could it be that we are not happy living as others say we should live?  Could it be that owning more things doesn't make us happier?

I challenge you to make 2016 the year that you take a deep look at your life and decide for yourself who you want to be, how you want to look, what you want to own, and remove the rest.

To begin you may want to reduce the amount of time that you watch television or other mass media.  Next spend some time alone and ask yourself the following questions:

What do I really value?

What do I really want or need to be the person I want to be?

What am I yearning for and why?

What can I contribute to the world?

Who am I?

The next step is culling.  Remove from your life the things that don't belong.  Leave space for what is important and create a life with meaning - your life.

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