Minimalism is the way for true fulfillment
To be honest with you, the first time I got to hear the word minimalist was by watching the documentary movie of the Minimalists. (Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and The Minimalists: Less Is Now) Minimalism means - using only the items you really need in your daily life and get rid of all the other items you don't - own only what is necessary for you. The practice of living with the things that you need and nothing more. This can apply to your home, work, relationships, wardrobe, finances, possessions, or simply your mindset.
If you are not a big fan of watching TV you can definitely check this books out:
Goodbye Things, Hello Minimalism!
What are the benefits of being a minimalist?
It helps us focus on the things that really makes us happy and gives us the value for our lives and disconnect from all the distractions in our mind.
Having a peaceful life as you are the controller of your actions and not being controlled by the media.
Spending less money- only buying what you really need- a feeling of freedom the understanding that our happiness is not about having "The best".
Learning how to prioritize and focus your energy and resources on these things over others that are not as important as it seems.
When we look deep into the benefits we see that there is a direct connection between buying and shopping and our Dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in our brain that makes us feel good. Having the right amount of dopamine is important both for your body and your brain. Lack of Dopamine can lead to Parkinson's disease and extra Dopamine creates addictions. Dopamine is responsible for allowing you to feel pleasure, satisfaction and motivation.
The moment we balance our levels of dopamine we can enjoy life from the simple things such as finishing a puzzle game, getting warm by the sun light, hearing a good music or in other words- enjoy life as it is without distractions or stimulants.
"Dopamine is most notably involved in helping us feel pleasure as part of the brain’s reward system. Sex, shopping, smelling cookies baking in the oven — all these things can trigger dopamine release, or a "dopamine rush." Stephanie Watson, Harvard Women's Health Watch
What are the ecological effects happened by you changing your lifestyle?
Buying less stuff so there is less need for new items to be created. 80% of the items people keep are never used according to 'NAPO'.
Developing awareness and a sense of intention with what you really use in your life.