Bonus Benefit of Downsizing: Happiness

by | Jun 16, 2014 | Minimalism | 2 comments

Happiness and freedomThere are a number of obvious benefits to downsizing: more money, more time and less stress are the three biggies.

At least they are for Sporty and I.

But in the years since we ditched our stuff, it’s the under-the-radar benefits, the ones that literally snuck up on us, that we’ve come to appreciate most.

Happiness is one such benefit.

If you have more time, more freedom and less stress, well of course you’re going to be happier. It’s a no-brainer.

But we’ve experienced another kind of happiness too.

It’s subtle, but it also runs a lot deeper. It’s more pervasive too, reaching every nook and cranny of our lives.

What’s happened is this: Our locus of control is now largely internal, meaning we take responsibility for our happiness.

In personality psychology, locus of control refers to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them. Read the whole story on Wikipedia.

We’re no longer reactive in situations.

Obviously not always, but compared to how we were pre-downsizing, we’re like a couple of Buddhist monks. I think it’s because we have so little stress in our lives nowadays that we’re able to approach potentially “iffy” situations with a more Zen-ish bias than we previously would have.

Or maybe we’re just happier because we have less to worry about. Whatever, bottom line is we’re way happier now than we were back when we had a house full of stuff and two cars parked in the driveway.

Most days we feel like kids with wallets. It’s awesome.



  1. florient fontaine

    good article …..i am in the process of downsizing so i could finally retire early at 62 ….to keep the same lifestyle i am in now i would have to work till 70 …that is nonsense and
    he only difference there is pride ,false pride that come from the ego trip
    that does not make nobody happy ,just more vulnerable to stress and not
    very good for staying healthy

    • Ang

      Hey Florient. Being able to retire earlier is going to be worth so much more to you than having the “stuff”. Good for you! Sporty and I are also working towards retiring earlier. 🙂


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