Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, also known as The Minimalists, gave an interesting TED Talk about how living minimalist lifestyles changed their perspectives.
In the speech, Nicodemus talks about how he once attributed happiness to personal wealth in the form of money and material possessions, and spent the better part of his twenties obtaining these things but not feeling happy. It was when he was reaching thirty that his friend Millburn introduced him to minimalism, and Nicodemus became instantly intrigued. After they held a "packing party" for Nicodemus' possessions, where they packed up all his belongings and he would only keep what he unpacked over the next three weeks, Nicodemus realized the value of ridding oneself of unnecessary clutter.
The two now run a blog titled The Minimalists, among other minimalism-related ventures, and tout that by getting rid of meaningless possessions, everything that remains is health, relationships, growth, contribution, and community.
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