"Life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ~ Confucius
We live in a society of abundance where most people have enough to eat (sometimes even too much), can afford to buy new clothes, and live an a cozy apartment with a soft bed and a TV. Nevertheless, a big chunk of the population is unhappy or even depressed. How can it be? We have what others can only dream of and we're still not happy!
Many of us browse through our closet in the morning, choosing among 5 different jeans and 10 blouses and we end up being late because it took too long to choose the perfect set. It gives us anxiety.
We skip through a 5-page take out menu and can't decide between a chicken dish or a shrimp one, Chinese food or pizza, chocolate cake or ice cream. It can easily take 30 minutes to decide what would nourish us best. A long menu also gives us anxiety.
Every day we face many choices that were create by the society of abundance. We have a choice in most things that we do. These choices, whether you realize it or not, are a luxury. Most people in the world don't face a hard choice between Chinese, Indian, or Italian cuisine for dinner. They don't have to waste precious time going through 10 different outfits or eyeshadow.
It might sound surprising, but over-abundance of choice is one of the reasons our stress levels are so high. It's too much self-inflicted decision-making.
Having something to choose from is amazing and we should all be grateful for it, but on a busy, stressful day it is helpful to find simplicity. Simplifying one's life can go a long way to reducing anxiety caused by too much choice.