The Slowdown Movement: The Fast Route to Happiness?

simplicity movementSimplicity may well be the defining value of 2012. With money tight, most of us are homing in on essential needs.

Ironically, while many of us are “going simple,” we still find ourselves frantically busy. We still need our Twitter accounts and smartphones. We work more hours, cram too much into our days and find it hard to sit still.

Hence, the “slowdown” movement. Everyone from the slightly off-the-wall International Institute of Not Doing Much to psychologists and our family doctors suggest we slow down.

In 5 Reasons to Slow Down Your Life Today, and How to Do It, blogger Henrik Edberg offers simple suggestions for slowing down.

One is to lower your stress by continuing to do the things you do but doing them more slowly.

Running from errand to errand? Don’t stop. Just slow your pace. Take a deep breath and force yourself to relax.

But after years of pushing ourselves farther and faster, will we be able to slow down? And if we do, will we fall behind? Will we miss out on Facebook or life?

Maybe, but does it really matter? The simplicity movement sorts out what’s important. The slowdown movement helps us achieve it. What’s not to like about that?