Live Simple and Happy

Live Simple and Happy
Dogs can easily live a simple and happy life

I enjoy living a life that is simple, and generally free from stress. I’ve found that it really doesn’t take a lot to make me happy and content. True happiness comes when you are happy where you already are, with what you already have. If you are constantly looking for something better, something to make you happier, I believe you will never reach the happiness you are seeking.

As I read articles online, in magazines, or in the newspaper, it appears that the majority of unhappy people are constantly stressed every day. They seem to be always longing for something better. There are definitely times when certain unexpected events can throw your life off track, however I have found that living a simple, meaningful life right now helps me stay happy and enjoy life every day.

Achieve Financial Freedom

Financial freedom gives you back your time
Financial freedom gives you back your time.

One of my goals in continuing my path on a simple, meaningful life is to achieve financial freedom. It is often hard to lead a truly happy life when you spend most of your waking hours working for someone else, in order to ensure you can pay your bills every month. Obviously, most of us cannot not work, since we need money to pay for food, housing and other necessities. However, relying on a job provides a lot more stress in our lives, since most of us are expendable and can be easily replaced in the organization, so it’s difficult to feel secure. I have witnessed this first hand with my company going through multiple layoffs and re-organizations in the last couple of years.

When you achieve financial freedom, and  don’t have to rely on your job for money to pay your bills, you will gain time, confidence, and the ability to live a simple and happy life. You can start heading toward financial freedom by living below your means, which you will find brings more simplicity toward your life.

Define Meaning in Your Life

How do you define a meaningful life? It’s definitely a personal question everyone has to answer in their own way. However, I feel it is generally derived from contributing to society in a bigger way. A meaningful life is one in which you gain a sense of pleasure, happiness, and joy in helping yourself and others. You can identify and set goals to find meaning.

My Simple Goals for Happiness

If you set simple goals for ensuring happiness in your life, you will end up feeling happier with yourself when you Here are my goals that I believe will provide me a happy, meaningful life:

Dogs Create Happiness
Dogs provide happiness and meaning in your life.
  • Writing blog posts that resonate with people and help them live a happier, healthier life.
  • Volunteer my time to make a difference to others in my community (2-legged and 4-legged).
  • Staying genuinely confident and happy with myself, so that others can be happy too.
  • Spending quality time with my dog who loves me unconditionally.
  • Achieve financial freedom to live a life with less stress and more joy.

I’m continually able to provide meaning to my life by working toward fulfilling my goals, which ultimately leads to happiness. It’s a journey that never really ends. If you just ‘be yourself’, and are committed to your goal, you will find an intrinsic motivation to succeed in life. Setbacks and obstacles in life often happen, but you can’t let that stop you from finding your meaning in life.

My goal of living a simple life helps me identify my values, priorities and motivation for the things I do on a daily basis. Additionally, I never want to let myself suffer on the road to financial freedom. I strive to be happy with where I am in life, appreciate all the experiences I have gone through to get where I am, and appreciate all life has to offer. The road in life can be full of bumps, but when you live a simple, meaningful life, you can make the journey as smooth as the flat plains.

Enjoy the journey. Live the life you love, and you will have meaning every day. Live simple and happy.

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” ~Anne Sweeney

8 thoughts on “Live Simple and Happy

  1. Great article, thank you. Just reading it automatically helps get rid of some stress. But of course it’s important to apply what you wrote about.

    You’re right, achieving financial freedom is one of the first steps to living stress free life. Otherwise it is always stressful to make more and more money, especially when working every day for eight hours in the J.O.B.

    Living below your means is a great idea!

    1. Thanks for your comment Sandy! Life can often be stressful, so it’s good to find things to help alleviate the stress. I’m glad my article helped. Hopefully more people can find ways to live below their means, achieve financial freedom, and live a simpler life! 🙂

  2. Hey Jen!

    You just gave us the recipe to happiness. I’ve been a little down lately and your post inspired me!

    Do what you love, and find the joy in those little things that make you feel good 🙂

    And the idea of being happy with what you already have, I’ve heard it said to many people and you’re right, it’s the key. To be at peace with yourself.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Cheers and have a great life!

    1. Hi Israel! Thanks for your comment! It’s often the little things, the simple things, that can bring more joy into our lives. We definitely need to learn to appreciate what we have, to be happy with our lives right now. Peace and joy to you! ~Jen

  3. Hey Jen, great post. If we could all live a simple life and not put such a high value on things there would not be any stress in life. It is amazing how we all want to be happy in our present life, but we do not know how to go about achieving that goal.
    You pointed out some great sayings that you have established for yourself. The one that speaks to me is living below your income/means. I can see that unfolding in my mind. If we can cut out things in life that we don’t really need ie: cable TV, the brand new car, a house bigger than what we really need and so on. Then we would not feel the stress of being laid off from our jobs and then wonder how we are going to pay for things that we really did not need in the first place.
    Your article has started the wheels turning in my head of how I can cut down my foot print and just try and live a simple and stress free life.

    Thank you for your thoughts and inspiration.

    1. You’re welcome, I’m happy to hear my post inspired you! I think living below your means is a great way to live a simpler life…. If we could all learn how to accomplish that easily life would be a much simpler journey. Hope you can find joy in the little things and enjoy living a less stressful life! ~Jen

  4. Hi Jen, I read this article and feel like we are similar in many ways.

    I have gone from wanting everything in life (thinking that it would make me happier) to allowing myself to just be what I am over the past few years. It wasn’t easy, but it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

    I never knew that simplicity (thoughts and lifestyle) can offer so much freedom and hope for the future. Money is important but I no longer let it over-influence me into a state that I can’t control my daily habits or contentmentt in general.

    Love your smile, your dog and the positive message that radiates from this blog.

    1. Hi Cathy – I love hearing about similar stories to mine, and knowing that others can find happiness by just being themselves. We shouldn’t have to change who we are for anyone! Thank you for your nice comments! ~Jen

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