The most potent way for any person or family to achieve both well-being and a reduced ecological footprint is to embrace a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity.
The practice of voluntary simplicity is different for every person but it is likely to encompass many of the practical steps outlined on this website for reducing ecological footprint.
Shifting focus from a produce-and-consume lifestyle to one of sufficiency gives people more time and resources to focus on the things that really provide well-being:
- Connecting with others
- Being active
- Being mindful
- Giving to others and serving the community
Enough is enough. More than enough is not only wasteful it is harmful – to the environment and to our well-being. Happiness (or subjective well-being) is proven to not increase over a sufficient level of income. This level of income is surprising low.
Voluntary simplicity is not about deprivation or sacrifice at all. In fact it is a way to achieve an authentic prosperity through mindfulness and sufficient material consumption. The word prosperity comes from the latin word prosperare which means to make happy.
The richest life is not one full of money and material possessions but one full of happiness, health and humanity.