Keep it Simple to Go Further
Simplicity is the Key to Happiness
Life gets complicated. And as time goes on, our lives become more and more complicated. Just look back to the 1990’s. We had technology, but we weren’t bogged down with cell phones. We didn’t have smart phones in our pockets, and didn’t have social media keeping us constantly connected with each other. Life was already complicated and intricate, and as time goes on there are more and more complications and intricacies to be concerned with.
“Less isn’t more; just enough is more.” Those words were spoken by the renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser. You probably don’t know the words, and you may not even recognize the name. But you almost certainly know his work. He is the man behind the I ❤ NY logo that is printed onto millions of tshirts every year.
How can we adopt the simplicity lifestyle in order to achieve happiness?
Keep it Simple Stupid
Back in the 1960’s the US Navy had a motto. K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple Stupid. The KISS principle is applied to a great number of systems, and it helps us to remember that the best systems are usually the simplest.
But don’t think that it’s derogatory. In fact, it could have the words reversed: Keep it Stupidly Simple. The idea is that the system is so simple, that anyone can fix it with only the most rudimentary tools.
For example: There is a commonly shared anecdote, which unsurprisingly isn’t based on reality. The story goes that when NASA was sending astronauts into space, they discovered pens don’t work in a zero gravity environment. Subsequently they spent $12 billion developing a pen that can write in no gravity, on any surface, and in any temperature. The Russians, on the other hand, used a pencil.
While the story may be false, it has a good message: don’t over complicate things when a simple solution is already at hand!
Keep Life Simple
Not many of us are developing anti-gravity pens. But roughly 100% of us are living life in a world where there are pressures coming from many different angles; pressures that didn’t exist even 10 years ago. Keeping life simple is a way that we can reduce our stress, increase our happiness, and overall improve how productive we feel with our lives.
So how do we keep it simple?
How many hours per day do you generally waste scrolling through Facebook? Furthermore, how does being on Facebook even make you feel? Sure it’s a great tool to keep in touch with your friends and family, but it’s also packed with negativity. Studies have shown that Facebook first thing in the morning, can ruin your whole day. Even if you only see the good stuff (vacation photos, eating out with friends, and other pictures), you can end up becoming depressed because your mind tells you that they’re doing better than you.
How many hours of TV and movies do you watch? While there is nothing wrong with enjoying some screen time, too much can be detrimental. The simplicity of sitting down and reading a book can help change your mind (literally) and help you become healthier.
How much “stuff” have you accumulated over the years? There are certain things that we need, and there are things that we like. But the more possessions you accumulate, the more your mind has to work to keep track of them. Especially if they are leased or come with a loan. Perhaps simplifying can give you more peace of mind by de-cluttering the garage.
Are You Keeping it Simple?
As we approach 2017, there’s no need for complicated New Year’s Resolutions. We don’t need to resolve to eating whole grains every morning before our 2 hour gym session, and then working for 10 hours before another gym session and a dinner of raw vegetables. Keep it simple! Instead, commit to eating 3 healthy meals per week every week in January. In February, increase that to 4. Keep going as the simplicity becomes habit.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want to make sure that your vehicle is fixed to perfection. We also want to make sure you’re living life to the fullest. That may mean just bringing your vehicle in for a full auto detail to take one less stress off your plate.