6 Simple Things to Add to Your Life

by Kelvin Belfon

6 Simple Things to Add to Your Life

I recently took a trip to our local Goodwill store. It was after my wife de-cluttered our kid’s bedroom, again. This has become the most challenging room thus far. I tackled a much easier project, the basement. The back car seats and trunk were filled with boxes, all containing clothes, toys, books, backpacks, and electronics. The pay off is that we’ve now reclaimed a good amount of space in both locations.

Since the whole family has been on board from the beginning, downsizing our living space and being more particular about the things we accumulate has been a collective effort. Our trips to the store have been reduced significantly. We are constantly learning how to live without excess.

But I’ve been asking myself what is the essence of a simplicity lifestyle. We tend to associate this simple living movement with ideas like, less is more, reducing, emotional detachment from things and recycling? Yet, I believe the simple lifestyle requires a more comprehensive description.

It’s also about embracing habits that promote wholeness, health, and fulfillment. It’s about adding the things that enrich our lives and make us better individuals. So, instead of focusing exclusively on eliminating or removing things, consider adding a few things.

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6 Simple Things to Add to Your Life

1. Me Time – This sounds narcissistic but we need more time to ourselves. We need time to think, meditate, decompress, and dream. Extra time is needed for the body to rest, heal and rejuvenate from the busyness of life. In some cases, our bodies need to catch up on much needed sleep. I’m often refreshed, empowered, and creative after my times of solitude.

2. Relationships – People are our most prized possession. Spending more time with our loved ones: spouses, children, family members, and friends is important. This is never automatic; it’s something we prioritize. My wife recently told me about the death of an old high school friend’s husband. The whole thing was so sad. The husband lost the battle to cancer. Events like these remind me of the brevity of life on this earth.  Let’s value the time spent with loved ones.

3. Memorable Experiences – Let’s be honest. We remember the memorable experiences shared with people far more than we do most purchasing events. The “good feeling” we get from buying things is really a temporary high. And it doesn’t take that long for consumables to become annoying clutter in our homes. Experiences, on the other hand, build stronger and longer lasting relationships. Instead of things, give people the gift of experiences. Spend some quality time spent with your children this weekend. Go hiking with a good friend. These are very simple ways of showing the people in your life that you value them with little to no money involved.

4. Financial Freedom – We need money but obsessing over it can lead to enslavement, frustration and regrets. Financial freedom is living unencumbered by debt. It’s having options, the power to choose. Financial freedom is knowing what’s enough and avoiding our culture’s need to accumulate. It’s no wonder that some the benefits of financial freedom are restful sleep patterns, low stress, and all around healthy mindset.

5. Healthier Diet and Exercise – Eating healthy and maintaining a regular exercise regimen can add longevity to our lives. Increasing our consumption of fresh, green vegetables and fruits in our diet is a better choice than opting for the processed, refined foods. The American Heart Associate says an extra 30 minutes of exercise per day can boost mental wellness, build immunity, reduce risk factors and prolong optimal health.

6. Spontaneity – This was much easier earlier in my married life. My wife and I took numerous unplanned, last minute, and exploratory trips. We are now a family of 6 with routines and schedules to keep us sane. Yet adding spontaneity to our lives is freeing. It gives us a sense of adventure and provides an opportunity to relax, smile, laugh, and create the memorable experiences mentioned above. So we have to be creative in this area. For example, take an unplanned trip to the mountains or go on a date with that special someone.

How about you, what would you add to your life?

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10 thoughts on “6 Simple Things to Add to Your Life

  1. Terri says:

    I would add more pets!! (Seriously, if I could afford to, I probably would, because they make me super happy.) I agree with everything you have said to add. The “me time” is definitely important too.

  2. Gabriele says:

    I agree with Terri. Pets are important. But I woul wait until the children are older and more understanding. Plus your own hands will not be as full then.
    But here us what I would add so all of the other things work out together. Add Date Night for just you and Camilla. That type of me time is super important! And then I would add date time with just one of your children at a time. Time to do something with this child that they enjoy doing. My only truly great memories are of my dad and I spending time alone together. We did a few different things from gardening to helping a friend harvest vegetables. Those things could fall under making memories though…
    I guess it all comes back down to time. It is the best gift we can give.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Gabriele for your words of wisdom. I like the date night ideas. And you are right…our time is the most precious gift we can give to anyone.

  3. Relationships and time are probably the two key ones for me. More time means more time from strengthening your relationships. As humans I truly believe human interaction is a important element in the recipe for overall happiness and well being.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes Marcos, relationships and time good ones. We need to be better stewards of our time and seek to use it to strengthen our human relationships. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Christy King says:

    More time to make the world a better place: helping out acquaintances and strangers, picking up litter in the park, volunteering.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes, yes, yes Christy! These are the things that bring joy to my heart as well. They are wonderful things to add to the list.
      Thanks for sharing!

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