Why Frugal People are Happier, Healthier, and Safer

Happy Living

People who aren’t practicing a frugal life often have negative ideas associated with frugality. They think of this as a penny-pinching lifestyle which results in unhappiness. However, frugal people are probably actually happier on the whole than their free-spending counterparts. This happiness has to do in large part with the fact that they are likely to be healthier and safer than people who spend their money willy-nilly. It also has to do with the fact that they are making conscious choices in their lives which allows them to realize the goals that create happiness for them.

Frugal People Are Happy!

Healthy Living

Many people find that their lives start to become healthier when they start living frugally. They cut back on grocery spending by reducing their consumption of meats and packaged goods. This results in a better diet of fresh produce. Frugal people reduce driving to save money and get the benefit of more frequent exercising since they walk or bike to work. Frugal people get themselves out of debt, reducing significant levels of stress in their life. This stress reduction improves both short-term and long-term health. On the whole, a frugal life is a healthy one.

Safer Living

A frugal life may also be more conducive to living safely. Frugal people often place an emphasis on building a community around them. They save money by bartering for what they need. They spend time with people instead of spending money on them. This results in being surrounded by friends and acquaintances that are truly part of a community. Being part of a community increases your sense of safety. Knowing the people who live around you decreases the chance that they will harm you. Plus you have people to turn to when you need help.

Frugal Living

Living a healthy life as part of a community leads to increased happiness compared with being unhealthy and isolated. But frugal living also creates happiness in a more fundamental way. At its core, frugal living is all about making conscious choices instead of just spending money without thinking about it. Learning to make conscious choices allows you to really decide what you want in your life. You can more clearly identify what does and does not make you happy and then make choices based on that information. This is how living frugally can really lead you from a state of automation to a state of bliss.

Guest post by Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is a writer for Promotionalcodes.org.uk which gives away free codes (like this La Senza promotional code) and also publishes a save money blog.

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Comments

  1. I wonder if part of this happiness comes from just being content with what they have and not always needing to have the latest and greatest toys etc?

  2. I find that the more frugal we’ve gotten the simpler we’ve gotten too. As we aren’t buying as much “stuff” we have less visual clutter in our home which has made our home less stressful. There’s also less stuff to clean up and take care of and we have much more space too.

    As for food, we are much more conscious of what we have in the house and how we are going to use what we buy.

  3. I think those who are willing to be frugal have decided that they don’t need EVERYTHING. That is the first step down the pathway of contentment. Frugal people are also willing to sacrifice things and this also is a big step in the right direction.