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Why introverts tend to be minimalists

Minimalist smelling flowers

At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing those that distract us from them.

Minimalists firmly believe that less is more. Fewer material possessions make for a simpler -- and thus happier -- life in our view. This runs contrary to most people's imperative to buy the most and biggest of everything. 

Now, that isn't to say we don't believe in treating ourselves every now and then to a fun-filled vacation, hearty meal at a luxurious restaurant, or stylish pair of shoes. 

But for the most part, minimalists equate more material possessions with more maintenance, more stuff to clean, more complexity. 

It's for this reason I opted for a condo rather than a house. Because our HOA handles all outside maintenance, it leaves me with more time for my reading and writing. Plus, a small space means far less upkeep to worry about. 

So where do introverts come in?

Glad you asked. 

Not surprisingly, many introverts tend to be minimalists as well. 

Introverts are masters at keeping themselves mentally engaged, and we can do it through simple, inexpensive means. Give us a book, play us a documentary, or take us to the local museum and we likely have enough to keep us preoccupied for days on end. 

That being said, introverts and minimalists are self-aware, intentional, and introspective about their passions, goals, and values.

Some people have the mistaken impression that because minimalists, much like introverts, are simple in their tastes and easy to please, they must be boring to be around. 

But this couldn't be further from the truth. 

In reality, engaging in conversation with an introvert can be a real treat, as we tend toward the deep and philosophical. And because minimalists, too, derive pleasure from the simple, they tend to be lovers of nature, music, and the arts. 

In sum, embracing minimalism means becoming unshackled from the all-consuming drive to possess. Minimalists realize that happiness can't be purchased at the store. Rather, it comes from expressing gratitude for everything one already possesses and learning to value the simple things. 


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