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Typical Day of A Minimalist vs A Maximalist

Typical Day of A Minimalist vs A Maximalist

“As much as we like our stuff, they really aren’t a part of us,” said Thomas Gilovich, a Cornell University psychology professor. A minimalist defines themselves according to their experiences rather than what they own. As Gilovich describes:

“Arguably, we are the sum total of our experiences. It’s almost like building up a resume by virtue of the things that you did.”

Minimalist vs. Maximalist in Daily Life

When they get up

When they get up

    Tidying up the bed usually has been becoming a habit for a minimalist.

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    When they’re preparing to go out

    When they’re preparing to go out

      A minimalist puts a simple makeup when they prepare to go out.

      When they cook

      When they cook

        When they cook, minimalist tends to keep the kitchen environment clean and neat.

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        When they use the computer

        When they use the computer

          A minimalist keeps their pc desktop neat. They love neatness, anyway.

          When they take rest

          When they take rest

            When they need to search for items they need

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            When they need to search for items they need

              Since minimalist people usually have a neat home and put things back at the right place, they tend to get the item they need easily when they’re looking for it.

              When they’re working

              When they’re working

                Minimalist people also keep their work environment neat.

                The Advantage of Valuing Experiences Over Material Possessions

                Gilovich has dedicated himself to the study of happiness and how it is connected to experience and possessions for more than a decade. He said, there are three central reasons why doing something brings about more satisfaction and feeling of fulfillment than owning something: what we experience forms part of our identity; when we experience things, we connect socially with others; and there is no jealousy connected with experiences whereas there is often envy when it comes to others material things.

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                Material Things Are Not Memories

                People who have not yet become minimalists often believe that things represent memories. They confuse material possessions with what they recall and value.

                “We hold onto these things because we think they’re going to be useful in some hypothetical future that doesn’t actually exist,” Millburn said. “We hold onto almost everything just in case we might need it some day. I learned that the memories aren’t in things either. That’s why I was holding onto so many things because I thought the memories were in those things, but they weren’t.”

                The minimalist knows that memories are part of us and our thoughts and are not contained in material things.

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                Rebecca Beris

                Rebecca is a wellness and lifestyle writer at Lifehack.

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                Last Updated on June 19, 2019

                How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

                How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

                Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

                But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

                No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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                When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

                1. Relax as You Meditate

                A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

                Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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                2. Practice Daily Affirmations

                Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

                What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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                So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

                1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
                2. Use present tense (I have)
                3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
                4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

                Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

                Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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                I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
                My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

                You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

                Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

                Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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