True joy - not quickie mood boosts but that totally stoked mental state - boils down to these surprising essentials. Behold, your ticket to bliss.
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And you don't need to be a gazillionaire to get caught in this trap. The problem might be that you just can't seem to throw anything out. Like your favorite sweater from your high school days, that (hello!) is from the damn Gap, not specially knit by Grandma. "Extra belongings weigh us down and crowd our space, making us feel overwhelmed and disorganized," says Dr. Taylor. "Lightening up will help you regain control and, therefore, happiness."
On that lighter note, now is the perfect moment to purge. You don't have to clean house completely, but you should hold on only to stuff you Love (with a capital L). "If you haven't used or admired something in six months, part with it. No guilt allowed," she insists. To be clear: That doesn't mean stacking things in a giveaway pile in the corner of your room. It entails bagging up the items and disposing of them ASAP — whether you donate them to Goodwill or swap 'em on eBay.
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