Happiness may be a luxury mansion, a suburban three-bedroom house with a yard, or a chic city loft apartment for some. But for Tom and Sarah Nickelson, happiness is a 20 sq.m. cabin in the woods they call their home. The Nickelsons and their daughter Nyssa, live in a tiny 20 sq.m cabin which was once a sheep shearing room on a property in the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.
Tom is a medical doctor and Sarah is a freelance illustrator. After realizing that they didn’t want to spend most of their time working to the bone just to keep a big house up and running, they came upon the mutual decision to downsize their home and reduce work to dedicate more time to living well. Tom now works part-time as a general practitioner. They also have an arrangement with the owner of the land, where Tom works in the farm for 3-4 days a week and they get to have a share in the produce.
The change was instantaneous. They discovered they were happier with less, healthier emotionally, more in touch with a sense of well-being, and had no financial stress. Their lifestyle is a choice that’s possible for many one of us if that’s what we really want and if we take conscious steps towards fulfilling it.
Watch how the Nickelsons found happiness and well-being in a tiny cabin.