Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

The Minimalists - How To Let Go Without Losing Out On Happiness

June 24, 2023 Episode 251
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
The Minimalists - How To Let Go Without Losing Out On Happiness
Show Notes

It is so wonderful when you can recall a moment that had an impact on your life. A moment when something clicked in your head and then you decided to change something in your life. One such moment for me was when I watched The Minimalists documentary on Netflix. I wasn't always the simplest guy, I had a lot of money a lot of cars, a lot of toys and a lot of stupid things and then I watched the documentary, and I realised how much I was wasting my life actually. Not in work but in how much those things I allowed into my life drained me. The documentary was followed by a massive impact, almost a movement that changed the lives of millions of people.

The Minimalists are a trio of like-minded people helping others achieve a happier lifestyle by removing the unnecessary items that may clutter up their lives.  Original members Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus were joined by  T.K. Coleman in 2022. Together they host a podcast The Minimalists, one of the most popular in the world that has reached more than 100 million downloads.

 Listen as we discuss

  • 01:00 - Discovering The Minimalists 
  • 04:00 - What does it mean to be a Minimalist really 
  • 06:00 - Stories not stuff 
  • 09:30 - Letting it go 
  • 12:00 - Purpose of objects 
  • 13:00 - 52 things 
  • 15:00 - 10 things every Saturday 
  • 16:00 - Just in case and FOMO 
  • 19:25 - Managing guilt 
  • 22:00 - Wasting money 
  • 26:00 - T.K.’s story 
  • 29:30 - Profit and consumerism 
  • 31:30 - The hard part 
  • 36:00 - More will make me happier 
  • 38:30 - The Spontaneous Combustions Rule 
  • 40:00 - For the love of a perfect cup of coffee 
  • 41:00 - The philosophy of mindfulness 
  • 45:30 - Happiness is a drug 
  • 50:00 - The power of marketing 
  • 54:00 - Brands and self-worth 

Connect with The Minimalists on Instagram @theminimalists and find out more about their work here.

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