Living a minimalist lifestyle is an act of generosity. By forgoing things that you don’t really need you:
- help yourself, because you aren’t working tirelessly to keep up on the treadmill of a materialistic life
- help others, by freeing up resources for those who need it more than you
- help the planet, by not unnecessarily adding to pollution
It’s a win-win-win for everyone. If you’re born lucky enough to have a better quality of life than most, you should pay it back by helping those who didn’t win the Ovarian Lottery.
It’s not just about money. There are a thousand ways to help people, and minimalism helps you find the right way—your own way—because you’re less distracted by the very things that stop you from being helpful to others, such as being self-centred because you care too much about what people think of you, or working long hours yet just scraping by because you need the money to pay for the credit card debts.
And if we give, we can also receive. There is so much we can learn by opening ourselves up to other people. Some of the happiest human beings are those who have the least. They teach us to appreciate the small things, and remind us to be grateful for that we’ve taken for granted. A very generous gift indeed.