Simplicity is being content with the basic gift of life. We live reflectively and mindfully, aware of what is important and what is not. We cherish those we love. We keep around us only what is useful or beautiful. We let go of excess, clutter and complexity. Simplicity gives us clarity and single pointed concentration. It frees our minds from the stress of overdoing. We appreciate the little things, daily joys and opportunities to be kind. We live in the moment and savor what is right before our eyes. We enjoy simply being.


Have in your home only those things that you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

— William Morris

 The Practice of Simplicity

  • I am satisfied with what I have.
  • I know what I care about.
  • I clear my life of clutter and excess.
  • I am true to my purpose.
  • I appreciate the little things.
  • I enjoy living.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™. 

In Family Life

In family life, simplicity is an invaluable guiding principle, fostering harmony and nurturing bonds among its members. Embracing simplicity entails prioritizing meaningful connections over material possessions and emphasizing quality time together over the allure of a hectic and cluttered lifestyle.

By simplifying daily routines and minimizing distractions, families can relish the beauty of unhurried moments, deep conversations, and shared experiences. This intentional approach engenders a sense of contentment, reduces stress, and promotes emotional well-being.

Embracing simplicity in family life allows love, appreciation, and understanding to flourish, creating a nurturing environment where individuals can thrive, creating cherished memories that will endure for a lifetime.

Balancing Simplicity

Simplicity is finding contentment in life’s basic offerings and living with mindfulness. To maintain a balanced approach to simplicity, several virtues come into play:

    • Wisdom: Wisdom helps us discern what is genuinely important and what is not. It guides us in making thoughtful decisions about what to keep and let go of.
    • Moderation: Moderation allows us to balance austerity and excess. It helps us enjoy the benefits of simplicity without depriving ourselves of life’s comforts.
    • Gratitude: Gratitude encourages us to appreciate the basic gifts of life, fostering contentment in the present moment and preventing the insatiable desire for more.
    • Mindfulness: Mindfulness enables us to live in the moment, savoring the beauty of simplicity while being aware of our surroundings and the people we cherish.
    • Compassion: Compassion reminds us to be kind not only to ourselves but also to others. It encourages us to share our simplicity with those in need and build meaningful connections.
    • Flexibility: Flexibility helps us adapt to changing circumstances and adjust our lifestyle when required, without rigidity.

By embracing wisdom, moderation, gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, and flexibility, we can avoid the pitfalls of overdeveloping or underdeveloping simplicity and experience its true essence in a fulfilling and harmonious way.