Yeah, Less Would Make Me Happy...

Watch Graham Hill; I'll wait.

According to Hill, our shopping obsession has led to more credit card debt, CO2 emissions and stress. I'm pretty sure that most of us will agree that CO2 emissions is weirdly placed. It may be true, but it's probably not going to be a sufficient motivator to do what he wants, and since the emissions have already been put out there for the stuff I have, throwing my stuff away in land fills isn't going to help save the planet.

Hill's solution to making us less stressed is to get rid of stuff, all that stuff, and only keep what really matters, to live in smaller spaces so that we'll be less stressed and have a smaller carbon footprint.

Getting rid of things we've bought on credit won't solve our credit card debt issues and won't remove stress. I'd argue it might increase it as now we're paying on stuff we no longer own.

The intent is undoubtedly good; reduce our clutter, the things we have to attend to, and we'll have more time for things that matter.

George Carlin said it better, though.

I'm not going to get rid of my books or any of my other collections.

It wouldn't reduce my stress.

Instead I'm getting rid of those things in the online world that don't build me up or help me to build others up.

You want to reduce stress? Get rid of the toxic people in your lives. Avoid those things that create unreal and unneeded drama. Surround yourself with people who will support you and lift you up and offer the same in return. And when you realize you've been one of those people who's created unneeded drama in others' lives, apologize.

Besides, dusting all that stuff keeps me busy and out of that unneeded internet drama. Right?


farmwifetwo said...

I edit my Reader regularly. I've cut back on a lot of my haunts and looking at some of the old ones, many people have too. Many places that were once hopping are now down to a crawl.

I find if the weather is nice I get lots done and spend little time on the computer. We're in for another miserable week of rain... and I spend too much time online solely b/c I'm bored.

Life in the House That Asperger Built said...


melbo said...

I'd like to think I had credit card debt because of stuff but no ... unfortunately it's been just to pay bills!

I love nothing better than having a good throw out but some things are off limits (books ... yes we have a few of those).

Can agree too that ridding oneself of non-fulfilling or toxic relationships can be the best clean out ever. Probably on a par with a colonic in some cases.

sharon said...


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed both of these - I think I fall somewhere in the middle!