10 Ways More Is More

The following post is from Sherri of Serene Journey and Zen Family Habits:

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I’m sure we’re all familiar with the saying “less is more”.

  • fewer commitments = more time
  • less clutter = more space
  • less time at the office = more time with family
  • fewer thoughts = more peace

These are all great, and I think the “less is more” mentality serves us well in a lot of respects. However, there are times where more is more.

Here are 10 examples where, to me, more is definitely more.

1. Sunshine and fresh air.

I’m from central Canada and right now, we’re in the middle of winter. With temperatures around -30C and the skies over-cast and gloomy, I can tell you with absolute certainty that sunshine and fresh air definitely fall in the “more is more” category.

Sunshine and fresh air do wonders for the mind and body. Getting outside is rejuvenating, you can take in all of natures sites and sounds, and feel and hear things you don’t when you’re couped up in an office all day.

2. Humility.

Humility is a trait that is gravely under-rated. There is a huge difference between being confident yet humble and arrogant and annoying.

Never before has it been more important to show some degree of humility in everything you do. Think I’m wrong? Try bragging about your impressive raise to someone who has lost their job and their house is in foreclosure.

3. Quiet.

True quietness is something a lot of us aren’t able to experience on a day to day basis. Listen to what’s going on around you right now. Buses, cars, chatter, computers humming, people laughing, the drone of the furnace, etc …

Quietness and just being still is therapeutic in someways, it replenishes our soul and does wonders for our mind.

4. Generosity.

Whether you’re giving your money, time, or possessions — the more you give the more you receive. Not only does giving help those who are on the receiving end but we give so much more to ourselves.

5. Patience.

A virtue that is tested on a regular basis if you are in a volatile work environment, have kids, or are just pushed to your limit. Having a lot of patience however, can help give you that distance you need between reacting and responding.

When you exhibit more patience people view you as cool and level headed and you are a lot more likely to conduct yourself in a way that’s more in line with who you are.

6. Ambition.

The desire to personally achieve great things. Ambition is one of the things that drives our society.

Without it, we stagnate and things remain the same – perhaps get a bit boring. With more ambition we’re able to achieve more and get further towards our life goals than without it.

7. Kindness.

The old saying “you attract more flies with honey” is absolutely true. If you’re just a kind person it shows. People are more willing to trust you, they will respect you and will want to be in your company.

8. Awareness.

“You don’t know what you don’t know”.

Taking time to become aware of ourselves, our surroundings, our relationships, our desires, our needs etc. diminishes our ignorance and allows us to get the wheel of change in motion.

It’s only by increasing our awareness of particular things that we can actually start acting on them and making positive changes.

9. Restraint.

Think of the last time someone said or did something that you didn’t entirely agree with. Perhaps you were in traffic and the guy in front of you cut you off and you retorted with a rather obscene gesture.

Exhibiting little restraint leaves you looking the fool at the end of the day and, depending on how well you know someone, can ruin a relationship.

More restraint, like that momentary pause between reacting and responding, allows you to preserve your dignity and maybe even a relationship.

10. Your turn.

In a world of “less is more” where do you think “more is more” is more appropriate?

Sherri is a work-at-home mom to two young boys and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Gwynn, for 13 years. Read more from Sherri at Serene Journey, where she shares simple tips to enjoy life, and at Zen Family Habits, where she talks about all things family.