The documentary (2016 Netflix) “MINIMALISM- A Documentary About the Important Things”, two former work colleagues, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus bring us through their work of reducing their physical possessive world to , well… a minimum. This included a complete purge of all the extraneous possessions that they have accumulated throughout their still young lives. They essentially “wanted out” of the race for status and happiness through possessions and “things”. However they emphasize at one point that it is important to have the things in your life that really – really – matter to you. Some of the experts that are interviewed discuss the psychological and social science of all of this. That is, how happiness can be linked to the idea of getting the iPhone 8 or a new car.
I must admit that I want the iPhone 8 and I just bought a new car . But, I don’t necessarily see these things to the route to happiness and contentment. They look at everything from housing to our overall lifestyles as well as where we actually live.
It’s a fascinating view of stress in our lives and the people who the two friends profile, as well as themselves, are actually happy and content. Whether you actually practice or incorporate any of the ideas is not as important as the message that the documentary shares.