Most of the time we're thinking about how we'd be happier if we could afford MORE stuff. But here's a list of ways you could end up being better off if you started getting RID of stuff. Check out the nine benefits of owning less stuff . . .
1. You spend less money buying stuff in the first place, and less to maintain it.
2. You cut down on stress, since you have less to worry about. Lots of studies show that people who own less are happier than when they owned more.
3. You have more freedom. You spend less time and effort dealing with your stuff, so you can be more productive and do what you LOVE.
4. You can get BETTER stuff. When you cut down, you can afford to spend more on the things you really need.
5. Less clutter makes your house look better, and easier to clean.
6. You set a good example for your kids, and they won't be as messy.
7. You won't lose things as often. And when you do, you'll find them more quickly.
8. Your possessions will communicate your true priorities. You won't be as tied to the past, and when you cut back, whatever is left will be the things you value most. So people will see your things and know at a glance what's most important to you.
9. It's better for the environment.
You know how you forget someone's name IMMEDIATELY after you're introduced? Don't worry, we all do it. But there are ten ways to remind yourself without looking like a jerk . . . if you're slick about it.
1. Ask them to put their number in your phone. Usually they'll enter their first and last name. And they'll probably be flattered, because it makes them think you want to keep in touch.
2. Ask for their email address. Most people have their name in it somewhere, or at least a first initial. Hopefully enough to jog your memory.
3. Introduce them to a friend. If they're polite, they'll introduce THEMSELVES to your friend, and you'll get the name a second time for free.
4. Ask them how to spell their name. If you try it with a Tom or a Mary, they'll see right through it. But most names have at least a few alternate spellings, so it won't seem weird if you ask.
5. Get their business card. People love to give them out, and they'll be thrilled if you ask for it. Plus, if you forget the name again, you'll always have the card to remind you.
6. Ask about the meaning behind their name. Again, only try this one if you're pretty sure the name isn't something really common.
7. Get creative. Compare driver's license photos, or get people talking about the different ways kids used to make fun of their names back in school.
8. End a conversation by reminding them of YOUR name. Usually they'll give theirs right back . . . unless they don't care enough about YOU, in which case you shouldn't feel bad that you forgot.
9. Wait until they leave and ask a friend. A little risky sometimes, because the longer you talk to someone, the bigger the chance that a situation will come up where you're supposed to use their name.
10. Just be honest and apologize. If nothing else works, you can ask someone a second time. If you're nice about it, it's not a big deal, because it happens to everyone sooner or later.
Putting together a bucket list is kind of a sad exercise . . . it makes you realize all the stuff you WON'T ever really do, and makes you think about your own mortality. But looking at OTHER people's bucket lists? Why not! Let's do it.
A new survey asked people to name their top bucket list items. Here's the top 10 . . .
1. Have a vacation home abroad.
2. Learn a new language.
3. Go on an exotic island vacation.
4. Buy a house.
5. Swim with dolphins.
6. Drive Route 66.
7. Ride in a hot air balloon.
8. Visit the great pyramids.
9. Go to Vegas.
10. Visit Venice, Italy.
A few others that made the top 40 are learning an instrument . . . writing a novel . . . changing careers . . . getting a tattoo . . . owning a fancy watch . . . running a marathon . . . and bungee jumping.