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Frugality: Gaining more freedom and life

What we don't have - we want that all the more. Generally more, more, more: Having ambitious goals is important and makes you successful. But frugality makes you happier. Virtue is NOT an alternative to ambition, but an important companion. Without frugality we would be restless, never satisfied with what we have achieved. We would never arrive, never realize our real wealth. Sure, it is a difficult lifestyle to be frugal and still want to achieve a lot at the same time. But it works! We show how frugality can be learned and how a happy life can be won ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Meaning: What is frugality?

Frugality means to be content and happy with what you have. A frugal life is characterized by not needing more than is necessary. It can even mean being happy with very little (see: minimalism). A simple life with few possessions that is still fulfilling and yet feels incredibly rich.

Trapped in the golden hamster wheel

It is a deeply human quality to strive for or to look for something: the perfect partner, perfect love, professional success, financial freedom ... Behind every happiness there is a strong longing. The pursuit of happiness is such a longing in itself. But ambition and aspiration are also dangerous. Those who succumb to them will soon no longer be enough. There is always a higher, further, faster. What remains (and gnaws) is the feeling that there is still too little.

The danger that lurks in the eternal increase is the rat race and hamster wheel, which we voluntarily enter. In search of the dream job, the next higher salary level or the greater luxury and prosperity, we make ourselves prisoners of external standards. Something is always missing. Even when we achieve a goal, we start all over again. A galloping lifestyle inflation.

Frugality creates freedom

Less is often more: frugality opposes constant dissatisfaction, pauses - without having to feel like giving up. Rather, it is a form of mindfulness. It focuses on the here and now. This is also reflected in the numerous synonyms: unpretentiousness, modesty, simplicity, simplicity.

Frugality means to free yourself and your life from unnecessary ballast. Those who live frugally concentrate on life itself - and less on property, wealth or prestige. In doing so, we gain something enormously valuable: freedom. Likewise, free time, leisure and energy to devote yourself to what is important to you (!).

Frugality is content with what we all too often take for granted and therefore disregard: health, friends, food, drink, a roof over our heads ... that sort of thing. We don't have to do without any of these. However, we should recognize and appreciate it again as a privilege. Do you really need that much more for a happy life? Fortunately, there is often only one thing missing: the right attitude. And the realization of how well we have been doing for a long time. Real estate makes immobile and material things unfree. According to numerous scientific studies and philosophers (see quotations), what actually makes life happy and valuable are good relationships, experiences and beautiful experiences.

Frugality: Quotes & Sayings

  • "It is difficult to be satisfied with a little, it is impossible to be satisfied with a lot." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  • "If you are happy, you shouldn't want to be even happier." (Theodor Fontane)
  • "There is only one way to feel good: you have to learn to be satisfied with what is given and not always ask for what is currently missing." (Theodor Fontane)
  • "Real happiness is frugality." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  • “Nobody can have anything you want. But there is one thing you can do: not covet what you don't have and enjoy what you have with a cheerful mind. "(Seneca)
  • “The irony is that when we have the object of our desires, we are still not satisfied. That way, craving never ends and is a constant source of trouble. The only antidote is frugality. "(Dalai Lama)
  • "One only becomes rich through things that one does not desire." (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • "It's not about how much we own, but how much we enjoy, that makes us happy." (Charles Huddon Spurgeon)
  • "What Kronen cannot do, frugality can do: it makes you calm and content." (Ignaz Felner)
  • "If a person is moderate and frugal, old age is not a heavy burden either; if he is not, youth is also full of complaints." (Plato)
  • "Frugality is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty." (Socrates)
  • "The source of our dissatisfaction lies in our constantly renewed attempts to push the demands factor up." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • "Happiness is self-sufficiency." (Aristotle)

Learning frugality: 4 tips on how to become frugal

Frugality is a virtue. Fortunately, one that can be learned. Even if the mentality is growing in the consumer society, a lot helps a lot: It's also true - less is more. At least very often. Below are simple tips to help you learn frugality.

Look at what you have

The first step towards more frugality is to take a simple inventory. Look objectively at your life and also perceive what seems to be self-evident. What do you already have? Not only material things are meant, but everything that you cannot touch: health, friends, family, a job, your zest for life, personal strengths and talents as well as many opportunities that are available to you.

Develop greater gratitude

Gratitude is the best and at the same time the noblest way to more happiness and satisfaction. It is the perfect antidote to frustration, envy and anger. Gratitude is like taking a deep breath. To be grateful is also an attitude, a way of life. Behind this is deeply felt appreciation and deep appreciation for a condition or a care. Or as Jean-Baptiste Massillon put it: "Gratitude is the memory of the heart." Even the joy of the little things in life has been proven to lead to more happiness.

Stop comparing yourself

Constant comparisons with others cause enormous emotional damage. They are a challenge to our self-confidence and stir up feelings of inferiority. It always becomes problematic when these comparisons become the yardstick for our self-worth or our self-esteem. If they do not serve as an incentive, but lead to a relative pressure to succeed and only let us see our own inadequacies. Then bitterness, envy or even a veritable depression can result. It is all the more important to stop the constant comparison.

Enjoy life - now

In all efforts, we think about future benefits. The future is always better than the present. The perspective leads into a dangerous tunnel vision in which we overlook all the beautiful and good around us. It's like racing through life with blinkers on. Frugality gives us a wholesome breather. Life is too short for "someday"! So enjoy your time because you are living now and today. You can't make up yesterday tomorrow.

Enough: Even frugality has limits

Frugality liberates and has many advantages. But it also has limits. As with everything, the same applies to modesty and simplicity: the dose makes the poison. As much as frugality increases satisfaction, it can also slow down motivation and zeal. For example, if we are TOO EARLY satisfied with something or are content with mediocrity. Then we remain below our potential.

In that case, the positive side of frugality can at some point turn into the opposite and lead to dissatisfaction. We recognize what we could have made or achieved with our life. Instead we just - comfortably - reached for the sparrow in the hand. It just remains a tightrope walk: You should continue to set yourself high goals and be allowed to afford your ambitions - without losing sight of the present and the past at the same time.

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