All About Minimalism

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Reading — Intermediate Level
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The word minimalism has a negative connotation to many. They believe being a minimalist means you are sacrificing things. It means you are not taking advantage of all that is available in the modern world today.
While that may be the perception some have, if they took the time to learn about what minimalism really is, they may find out it can improve their life.

Being a minimalist is a state of mind, and not a set of rules. It can actually mean you have more of what you need, are able to enjoy everything you have and are not worried about what you don’t have. All of that can help make living life a lot less stressful and can make it more fulfilling.

The image some people have of a minimalist lifestyle is giving up all of the modern conveniences of the world. They imagine living in a cabin in the woods without electricity, a wood burning stove and a bathroom you have to go outside to use.

Being a minimalist means you value yourself more than material things. It means making decisions based on what you need instead of getting everything you want. It does not mean the things you buy are cheap. It means they are something you need, regardless of how much they cost.

A person can decide how much of a minimalist lifestyle they want to lead. They can do it in stages as well. Most people begin by going through their home and getting rid of things they no longer need. Over time, they are able to pare their life down to a much more minimalist style.
  1. Why is Minimalism perceived negatively?

  2. What does the following statement mean? “Minimalism means having more of what you need.”

  3. One can choose how much of a Minimalist he/she wants to be.

  4. Minimalism is concerned with the price or monetary value of things.

  5. Minimalism is basically about   .


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Do you know people who try to live a minimalist life?

  2. For you, what's attractive about a Minimalist lifestyle?

  3. What things can you get rid of?

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