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Less stuff, more happiness | Graham Hill

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http://www.ted.com Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate.
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Anthony Hall (15 days ago)
5:26 What's in your wallet?
Dheeraj Kumar (22 days ago)
Why do you care ? Wow.
Reshad Bahadoor (1 month ago)
True happiness is when you give or help someone, irrespective of his or her religion, without any expectation in return.
James Hansen (1 month ago)
I started with nothing, got rich over 25 years, wife died of cancer, gave, lost, and pissed ALL away. Now, age 75, I often wish I had KEPT money. I followed the path of renunciation, ridiculed by most everyone. Now I give no advice to anyone. The journey .....?
Broadway Down (1 month ago)
Seems that the speakers developed furnitures are that expensive that he cannot even put a price on the website...
jose velasquez (1 month ago)
Jack is in the box !
Derek Parker (2 months ago)
I just love this guy ..you should see some of his tiny apt/houses ect he is a genius designer!
Ane Emelia sings (2 months ago)
"small is sexy" thanks i'm 5'3
Clo Medrado (3 months ago)
I believe that many people have already decided to spend their money and time wisely in order to enjoy freedom and live happier. In my opinion, this is a must. As Graham said " Let´s live happier with less".
Brian Sounalath (3 months ago)
I like this guy and this video. The length of this talk is ironically 1/4 of the normal TED Talk length. Also he doesn’t come off as pompous and conceded like a lot of these nobodies do. His talk is simple and to the point like what he’s preaching.
DJUMBLE (3 months ago)
This video like his home. So little.
Ann Fry (5 months ago)
Awesome content .... well presented.
Kirasaitru (7 months ago)
I'm so glad I became a minimalist, life is simpler and I'm much more happy with my life.
Poseidon99Jeus (7 months ago)
179 hoarders disliked
R&B Fazed (8 months ago)
this is a lesson that more people need to learn
Andrew theo (10 months ago)
mate 420 square feet aint bloody small
Eveline Mos (10 months ago)
So how big is 420 square feet? With almost the whole world on a metric system, this should bij subtitled. We live with two on 60m2 and that stores a lot of shoes in the size of my feet.
grrr 。 (10 months ago)
How about kitchen?
Aristoteles (10 months ago)
I'm here because of a AP English assignment
Hybrid Anguish (6 months ago)
Lmao same
Faith (7 months ago)
im here because of a public speaking class lol
Osmosis Wright (8 months ago)
Same lmao
Emma Simpson (9 months ago)
me too
Aristoteles (10 months ago)
Wes Theriault but thanks tho
Skulldetta (11 months ago)
Omg Graham Hill Wtf thought he was dead lol
NoHomeless LeftBehind (1 year ago)
I have to disagree Mr Graham Hill, I have been unemployed 9 years, and homeless living in my car nearly 8 years, not by choice but by a lack of income since my home's foreclosure by Wells Fargo Bank where I was deceived into thinking I would get a loan modification. I miss my home, backyard, garage, dog and cat. I miss my class A/B amplifier sound system, my Mac and Headphones are just not the same, compressed digital music just doesn't sound as good as Analog. www.nohomelessleftbehind.com
Subrat Deo (1 year ago)
in india no one is available to do editing like converting cupboard into theatre wall into bed.
Shelby Suntrup (1 year ago)
happiness, everyone promises happiness but true happiness is only found in Jesus Christ.
Shelby Suntrup (1 year ago)
420 is a big space for 1 still. my family of 4 lived in about 860 for a while and we are hoping to go even smaller than that soon.
Moha H (1 year ago)
Small is sexy
leegoldberg (1 year ago)
that's not minimalism; that's compactism.
Deniz Arslan (5 months ago)
leegoldberg what does compactism mean
adam palley (1 year ago)
nicely put -AP
KC Ruales (1 year ago)
owning less staff which are all functional and beneficial makes you feel good about your life and yourself
InspireMongolia (1 year ago)
WHAT'S IN THE FUCKING BOX!!!!!!
morane ali (1 year ago)
InspireMongolia 😂😂😂😂😂
Vasireddy (1 year ago)
101 % agree. This video should be showed to people who are fighting for climate change and but they waste too much space, clothes and other luxury things in their lives.
Buddha Girl (1 year ago)
I like how you think...
Sam S (2 years ago)
Don't buy anything you don't absolutely need. Chances are you'll always have enough money.
Catherine Keeney (2 years ago)
Thinking of selling my house and moving into a 20' long RV for both reasons he mentioned: freedom and time. His apartment at 420 sf sounds like a luxury mansion to me! It's amazing how little we really need. Love the furniture ideas!
Cheryl Laboy (1 year ago)
We are planning on doing the same thing. Starting to get rid of all the stuff now, so when we buy the rv, we won't have much stuff to bring. Cannot wait. There is such a freedom with living with less.
Dooley David (2 years ago)
with such  a grace you can manage any space
Ana Horovitz (2 years ago)
Turma da Mônica toy
TheAltruismActivist (2 years ago)
Living minimalistically in addition to being vegan is the most ecological way to live! Animal agriculture is one of the biggest polluters of air, earth, and water, wastes food and water resources to unnecessarily raise animals for food, is the largest contributing factor in deforestation, and the list goes on. Go vegan!
InspireMongolia (1 year ago)
nO, NOMADIC WAY OF LIFE IS THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAY OF LIFE. FULL STOP.
TheAltruismActivist (2 years ago)
+irene therealbeautysecret Canadian Council of Christians and Jews? Lol wut.
Steve McCraw (2 years ago)
I find it ironic that this video telling me that less stuff = more happiness began with an ad trying to sell me more stuff.
Derek Parker (2 months ago)
(well it's a Ted talks) mine didn't but watch some of his other stuff the guy is pretty smart! http://www.lifeedited.com/ or http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/...
H FS (4 months ago)
Snyzz Ad block does not block everything to my knowledge. I use it but still get ads.
Chris Dorr (1 year ago)
Steve McCraw good job youtube
Snyzz (1 year ago)
quit this world and use AdBlock.
Tallie Allen (2 years ago)
Maybe the people with the much bigger houses are not the same people that have a storage unit. Higher populations of people, more apartment living = less space therefore = a need for a storage unit. Just a thought.
ishu bhattarai (3 years ago)
Yes!! I agree with you. In this expensive world, we must save our money and time to keep us happy forever.
Shelby Suntrup (1 year ago)
ishu bhattarai how will that keep a person happy forever? you are still going to die.
Ramonya Myers (3 years ago)
http://www.gofundme.com/nygz9y4w please take the time to read why my family needs to live tiny. thank you for any info. Im selling everything i have just to buy a trailer.I have no truck yet, nor the money but I DO have a dad that is a retired engineer who will help with the plans. the rest I'm stepping out on faith. please share. i am determine to live tiny even if I had to live-in a tent to save.
MishuTaste (3 years ago)
Show me what's in the box, dammit!
Joe Ludwig (1 year ago)
Your wife's head
Cayo Drender (3 years ago)
The total happiness is when you made someone happy. That's what I know. I AM AN AVID READER. Most of my days were spent on reading books, books, and nothing but books. Books in any form, in hard paperback, old type and even e-books. Now I would like to share this e-book that I have read a week ago. This book is fantastic. It is filled with thoughts I've never ponder. I've learned a lot from this and I hope you too. A good book deserves to be read by everyone. http://www.amazon.com/200-Gratitude-Ideas-gratitude-intelligence-ebook/dp/B00WN6ARM0 After reading this I felt happier and contented. Try to read this you'll love it. Aloha!
Sahil Chaturvedi (3 years ago)
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ihatevoyager (3 years ago)
I collect things because i honestly dont know what else to do.
How about donating monies to those in need?
H Angeli (1 year ago)
collect information! try to learn as much as you can about everything and anything!
Perolito (3 years ago)
How about all the time and energy you waste moving around and reconfiguring all that fancy pants designer furniture?? 
Lunar Storm (11 months ago)
its called extra training. it hurts no one. ofc everyone is different so no offense
khawla (1 year ago)
Mom I don’t own my home. I don’t want to invest in furniture that has multiple functions and is bespoke if it’s my landlords home and can turn around and say “I’m sorry you need to move I’ve decided to sell up”. Plus even if I had my own home that fancy furniture would be out of my budget it’s for the wealthy
Perolito (3 years ago)
I assume you are a high ranking member of this special club of yours?
Perolito (3 years ago)
50 seconds, several times a day, every day, for years, to do almost anything in your house. He talks about making life simpler, easier and saving time, this is anything but. And I will bet you anything, that assuming that this guy even lives in that apartment in the first place, that he will eventually grow tired of it and move back to a normal house, he might even make a new video with some bullshit title like "Less limitations, more fulfillment" or "Live outside the box: how to edit yourself out of your shoebox soul-crushing apartment and start living like a person".
MrHasss (4 years ago)
 And He gives you of all that you ask Him; and if you count Allah's favors, you will not be able to number them; most surely man is very unjust, very ungrateful. - Qur'an 14:34 Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.- Qur'an 17:27 And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down? If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?  -Qur'an 56:68-70 And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'  - (Al-Qur'an 14:7) Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children - like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion. - (Al-Qur'an 57:20)
Isabelle S. (1 month ago)
islam is so minimalist, have a look on world's map , you will see devastated deserts everywhere this religion is .
rm -rf / (3 months ago)
Just a friendly reminder that _some_ muslims have reached the ultimate form of minimalism. Your head? You don't need it, cut it off. Unbelievers? They are worthless, kill them too.
hashmo101 (3 years ago)
I love how you have linked Islam with minimalism.  That is so beautiful.  Sometimes I feel that monotheism is the ultimate form of minimalism - getting rid of the excess and being left with just the purest - which in itself gives you everything.
chictomana (4 years ago)
the more you have, the more stress you have. Simple.
H Michael (4 years ago)
Try to teach that to the new generation......Well, GOOD LUCK!!!!
Aim2Misbehave (24 days ago)
Yeah ok. Let's teach the new generation how to reduce space by digitizing their....oh wait.
CatSauceForThePeople (1 year ago)
The "New generation" is the one that is leading this movement
Xam Takorian (4 years ago)
420 sq/ft YEEEEAAAHH!  Thats all I really got out of this video.
CatReads (4 years ago)
Good talk! I wish I had micro apartments where I live.
mkevlar (4 years ago)
Good ideas, they work well in large cities where most consumers live. 
tunnis7us (4 years ago)
420 square feet fuck that guy. Hows that living little ?????????????????? I live in 33 square meter house without balcony -_-
tunnis7us (2 years ago)
oh my bad XD
mysummertouch (4 years ago)
This is how I live now. However, if you have not beena rich person, you wouldn't buy this idea! I grew up in a poor society where I couldn't buy things because there we7available in yhe stores and even later, wben we had money, we couldn't buy things we wanted (USSR and post USSR). In US I had everything and could buy everything. I had drown up in things. I found out a minimalist style of life, but didn't want to part with my things! I was forced to part with them when I moved back. Now I am hsppier with less stuff, but I don't have an access to stores where I could buy stuff that satisfy my style. I would probably return to buy more style of life now if I was able to do that. It's easy to be a minimalist if you rich and live in the middle of Manhattan where you could go out and buy whatever you want. I want him to live here for several years with higher prices for things that he used to and much smaller salaries-he would change his philosophy!
Karen Cain Bond (1 month ago)
Thank you. What an awesome share.
Alice Depaul (5 years ago)
don't give me that CO2 bs....
di (5 years ago)
His Life edited website is not open to alternative ideas that may be more reasonable or practical for the common man.
Annielle (5 years ago)
Inspiring:)
Nick Singh (5 years ago)
His bed isn't a sofa bed. You can see it on youtube titled ' 6 rooms into 1:morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420 '. It is the most brilliant fold away bed design I have ever seen since you can put stuff on the wall where the fold away bed is and it doesn't drop when you pull the bed down.
Darris B. Nelson (5 years ago)
I came to realize that living minimally makes me happiest after I finished building my 3,000 square foot house on 5 1/2 acres. My husband (now ex) and I lived in a 29 foot travel trailer for 4 years while building our dream house. Twenty one years later I'm back on a path of minimalist living and it feels great. My (2nd) husband, on the other hand, is not on the same path. I'm still moving in that direction and trusting that he'll jumps on board in his own time. Great video ~ thanks Graham!
Ezekiel Morris (5 years ago)
In other words move to Japan
michael castaneda (5 years ago)
116 they live in mansion because they are greedy people hehehehe...
michael castaneda (5 years ago)
this man is from tiny house documentary... that is great documentary how to live a simple life and get out from debt...
Smithpolly (5 years ago)
No. Not just a first world problem. Where does the stuff we buy come from and how can it be so cheap? How do we dispose of all this stuff? Rubbish is often exported to dumps in developing countries.
givelifelemonade (5 years ago)
I appreciate a good decluttering every once in a while but he takes it a little too far for my tastes. I wouldn't want to have to pull my bed out of my sofa everyday.
curiousSOUL22 (5 years ago)
...yes, but they are still problems, and we are still only human.
AtheistSisters (5 years ago)
For some reason his apartment post-remodel reminds me of the houses in The 21 Balloons. Now I'm all nostalgic for books I read as a kid.
thudson99 (5 years ago)
Gotta ask yourself if your "stuff" caught on fire, would you miss it? Some yes, some no. Get rid of "stuff" when YOU are ready to. Sell some of your stuff. You will feel great about it. Perhaps sell it on craigslist, yard sale, or swap meet space? Donate some of it. And listen to George Carlin talk about "stuff".
rawnlove4eternity (5 years ago)
Quality over quantity. When things last ten times longer then you save in the long run, more ways than one. However, $3000 for a toilet is definately extravagent it seems.
Fernando Villacorta (5 years ago)
I love this video and while he lived in a 420 sq ft apartment....it all looked expensive! Lol. nevertheless....awesome vid and true!
NoEcologyNoEconomy (5 years ago)
Good points, but a bit of hypocrisy is needed to get some points across. It's like the people who bash Al Gore for having a big house, which they think allows them to ignore climate science, but Gore at least means well. The masses who don't care are the real culprits in both scale and attitude.
NoEcologyNoEconomy (5 years ago)
And of course the entire growthist economy is based on getting people to buy as much stuff as possible. But a steady-state system (including NPG over time) may be mandated by Peak Oil now.
Sarah Taha (5 years ago)
Jack in The Box :D
MDgreenturtlelaxbro (5 years ago)
I used that joke already in my college class lol
PUBG Play of the Game (5 years ago)
1st world problems
ezumach (5 years ago)
What is he trying to sell?
mark3ve (6 years ago)
This is all well and good, until you actually look into the LE apartment, and see that it has a $4000 microfridge and a $3000 toilet. I fully embrace the concept - and live the lifestyle - of having less stuff, using less space, and having a smaller footprint, but it seems hypocritical to me to espouse such ideas in a flagrantly extravagant fashion. I guess if you're going to sell the idea to trust fund kids, you have to make it look like Ikea and Apple had an illegitimate child.
khawla (1 year ago)
mark3ve agree the irony
NecKClippA (6 years ago)
That is actually in a very profound way, very very very true. :)
IneffableLifestyle (6 years ago)
Yup, kill yourself and you got literally nothing to worry about.
Ralf Lippold (6 years ago)
Excellent - #lean life. That's actually mine as well! Homeexchange has been the teacher.
Reeeex100 (6 years ago)
says simple,to do is difficult
Megan Totten (6 years ago)
Am I the only person DYING to know what was in that stupid box?!?!!? hahaha
Angie Palm (6 years ago)
Simplify, simplify, simplify
Aposematic Ayu (6 years ago)
Lol. And what is your argument for this?
bob smith (6 years ago)
they looks like vans lol
P3dotme (6 years ago)
Sounds kind of like what George Carlin said about stuff.
Lord Eyre (6 years ago)
This may sound really materialistic - but does anyone know where he got his shoes from? Or what type of shoes they are?
cosmiclightning (6 years ago)
This is obvious, but it's always nice to be reminded.
Spencerianism (6 years ago)
So all of this "stuff" we have already accumulated goes from storage to landfill? That's not exactly reducing your footprint. What we need is for manufactures to stop producing for a throw away society, ie quality items of necessity that actually lasts...vigorously, not "stuff" we would rather put in storage and then call "Junk."
BrainEatingApe (6 years ago)
Unfortunately, you've got a good point.
Nathaniel Zhu (6 years ago)
Less stuff = less stuff to worry about. Pretty much all there is to it.
tsamisaherb (6 years ago)
WORSE. THAN. AIDS.
Harbinification (6 years ago)
I agree that people in general can benefit from periodic inventories of their stuff. Throwing out or giving away that which is no longer of use can be liberating in different ways. However your BS about "reducing carbon footprint" is highly annoying, and antithetical to your main point of more personal freedom. Please reconsider your own global warmist, propagandized point of view, and perhaps do some mental "right sizing" of your own. Thanks.
OkageNoLogan (6 years ago)
i miss the way i lived in college...
Kai Zhou (6 years ago)
@lennico23 You are funny.
L (6 years ago)
What is the real "good stuff"... is what I'd want to know
BlackEcology (6 years ago)
good luck finding "space" for all the "junk" already manufactured, thrown out and "out of sight." maybe the video should be about learning to live with the horrors already here instead of trying to act like they can disappear from reality, and your tiny little machine called a house.
Lord Toranaga (6 years ago)
yes
mellamosean (6 years ago)
@MrAdvancedAtheist why would having excessive amounts of clothes help you?
mellamosean (6 years ago)
@Zuarin who said it was for television. clearly you watch ted videos; it could be used for that. have you ever watched "planet earth" on large screen like that while stoned? pretty sweet... but its for movies, i believe.
mellamosean (6 years ago)
@allanjianghaoyuan what makes it impossible?
mellamosean (6 years ago)
@mookie9439 another universe, like in that episode of futurama. remember that one?
mellamosean (6 years ago)
@DoeBoi2525 factory farms have long understood this concept

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