题目： Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: people will feel happier if they have fewer possessions.
Three months ago, I did a massive cleaning in my apartment. When I was looking at every item in my bedroom, from clothing to bags to books, I began to ask myself, “Do these really bring joy to my life?” I ended up throwing away more than three bags of clothes and two boxes of random items I barely used. My personal experience has told me that having fewer possessions and being an minimalist will actually make me a happier person.
If you have too many possessions, in order to maintain them, you will be consumed and focus too much on chasing after materials. For example, if you pay more attention, you will notice that people who live in big cities tend to choose travelling to small islands or countryside when they have holiday break. Have you ever thought about the reason behind it? I guess they probably want to escape from the stress and fatigue brought by their busy life in the city. When they stay in a remote place, their life will become much simpler without too many possessions, like cellphones, the Internet, their PCs and all the things that they thought they couldn’t live without with. With fewer possessions, they actually feel relieved and happier.
If you put too much emphasis on possessions, you will be more likely to ignore what truly makes you happy, such as friendship, family and spiritual pursuit, basically life itself. I still clearly remember when I was around 10 or 11 years old, my dad quitted his job and started his own company. In the following few years, it was like he literally never had time for me or for my mother. Sometimes I would wonder if he grinded too hard for money and there were times I wish he had never had his own business though I appreciate the fact that he has been providing for this family through all these years. He actually admitted one time that the passed years without enough companionship or quality time with family are regrettable for him, but there is nothing much to do about it. For me, family always comes first.
Undeniably, possessions can bring happiness, but they don’t guarantee how much happiness you can get. Happiness comes from different sources, it comes from within, from our mindset. And for me, these other sources account for a larger part of my life.