5 Ways to Embrace Simplicity in Life


In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. In life many encounter people or things which tend to be flashy or loud, having large prints or vibrant colors. These things are often regarded as symbols used for attention-seeking; on the other hand, it can be seen that simple and subtle things may give out vibes that are considered classy.

In recent times, we come across people working in the corporate who stress upon being well-groomed and do care more about the impressions they make on their seniors.

Acknowledge the Little Things

It is often said, ‘The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity’. In all walks of life, you may get a feeling of being judged by a few people or things. You can never control the minds of others, instead, work more on yourself. You can start acknowledging all the little things that you have as against those who don’t, be thankful for all the people from young to old in your life, celebrate all small and big accomplishments of yours. Things are only as important as we make them, life is pretty much similar, it is really simple yet we insist on making it complicated.

Encourage Humility and Kindness

In life, you can’t always be in a good mood but you should take care that such a state of mind of yours, does not obstruct the happiness of those you are with. It is important to be humble and kind even after being extremely successful and famous. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you possess as long as you use it wisely for the benefits of others.

In the words of Martin Fischer, “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification”. Humility, kindness, knowledge, and wisdom go hand in hand, one cannot be successful without all of these qualities.

Adapt a Minimalistic Approach

Collecting unnecessary junk has become a habit for many of us and we might even spend a large chunk of our lives amassing items we need. According to Brian Gardner, “Being a minimalist means that you value yourself more than material things.” After you are immersed in the five elements of nature, you don’t take with you all the materialistic things that you got hold of during your lifetime; you do leave behind those for your loved ones along with the principles that you follow yourself. You can bring happiness in your life by slowly testing what you can live with and what you can live without. 

Read more about minimalism here.

Don’t Over Expect

As it is said, “Sometimes we create our own heartbreak”, you tend to start expecting and building assumptions about your future too soon, where such contingencies may have a negative possibility; even after tremendous hard-work, luck may not favor you, resulting in despair. ‘In life, you can’t get everything you want and the less you need the better you feel’, the sooner you understand this life motto yourself, the more effective. You may confuse love with kindness, love is giving without expecting anything in return and kindness is in fact reciprocal. The faster you stop expecting more than a prescribed amount, the sooner you start feeling happier.

Never Regret Your Choices

Demand is a desire with willingness and ability. There are only a few instances where you have all three requirements. Life is nothing but choices, this or that. Spend time for yourself as life is pretty short, it is important to do what you are best at rather than choosing to do what you are average in and regretting it for the rest of your life. Do things you want to do when you can, as, after a point of time, there may be situations where even if you are able, you’ll be helpless. Just as it is said, “The cost of not following your heart, is spreading the rest of your life wishing you had”.

To conclude, by embracing simplicity, you may find a difference in your life with regards to a variety of personal reasons like spirituality, health, increase in quality time for family and friends, work-life balance, personal taste, financial sustainability, or reducing stress.

Written by - Saee Wagh

Edited by - Maryam Salim

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