“Less is more” Could be the recipe for more happiness with a blend of laughter.


I wonder if we will ever revisit a time when the concept of “less is more” will return to our collective consciousness. Moderation in theory, is a wonderful concept, and could probably be easily achieved in a society that seeks it as a value or a period of time where excessivity is not an option. I was a product of parents who suffered through the depression and World War Two. There was a daily need to “make do”. I remember my mothers’ constant reminders on saving money. She was the essence of frugality. I grew up feeling that nothing could be truly savored “too much” since there could come a day when you wouldn’t have it. When I look back I wish I had incorporated more of my mothers’ sense of financial wisdom. In fact I believe the government would have not gotten into as much of an economic quagmire if my mother was in charge of the treasury. Unfortunately, we live in a time when we are constantly assaulted with messages that tell us we’re not okay unless we purchase the latest gadget or we aspire to look or feel good. Essentially they’re saying we got the goods so ante up and you’ll feel so much better. That means we need to go out and buy something that does the trick for us. I certainly have been caught up in that never-ending abyss. I have purchased more undergarments, makeup, toiletries, and clothing that I was convinced would change my appearance and essentially ended up making me look worse not better. Believe me, I’m not promoting walking around looking like you were just rescued from a collapsed coal mine. But there is room for common sense. None of the aforementioned provides miracles. It’s all temporary! Once you remove it you’re back to square one. Last night I saw a commercial that featured the latest facial cream developed by a celebrity dermatologist. It was about the same price as a Porsche. They showed the before and after of popular actresses faces who after the first few applications had  visible lines, and looked years younger. Perhaps after a year of applying this elixir they will return to the womb. Believe me, I like moisturizers and body lotions. But I’ve also gotten a lot of mileage from Vaseline. What we never see commercials of is ads advocating for fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh air, a good nights’ sleep and a prescription for laughter. In the end looking and feeling good is an inside job. The rests are simply garnishes!

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4 thoughts on ““Less is more” Could be the recipe for more happiness with a blend of laughter.

  1. Hi Loretta! I just signed up to follow your blog and the autoreply told me you love to read, so I thought I would send a link to my blog your way. You have made me laugh countless times since I first read one of your books a couple of years ago, and I always think of you when I leave the dishes in the sink before I leave the house! I would be honored to hear your thoughts on my blog – I aim to use humor to tell stories of my spiritual/human journey. Here is one of my favorite recent entries:

    http://www.lauramaxnelson.com/blog/2012/7/20/how-laura-got-her-thighs-back.html

    All the best,

    Laura

  2. “In the end looking and feeling good is an inside job. The rest are simply garnishes!” {great line!
    Vaseline Lol! My friend’s Mom [Italian too b.t.w.] shakes hands with this man & he says,
    “what soft skin you have!” she replies: “it’s Crisco” 🙂
    i.m.o. don’t put anything On you if you wouldn’t put IN you 😉
    As to your query, can we be happy with less? hmmm .. no. 🙂

    If I really like something I eat and Eat and EAT until one more bite will bring everything up.
    Lately I got a taste for some orange tea cake .. my pants were getting so tight I had to do something drastic! I ate three of them at once! now my eyes cross when I think of them 🙂
    this is hilarious http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html about gratification and pigging out

  3. Loretta, you are always so right on! Simplicity is liberating, like a breath of fresh air. Getting rid of the TV and avoiding anything with advertising made me realize I already have everything I need.

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