Mahatma Gandhi once famously said, Theres more to life than increasing its speed. And we definitely think he was onto something. Dont you? Today, most of us live fast-paced lives, constantly attempting to strike a balance between the personal and professional.. We tend to spend hours, days, months, and even years in the pursuit of our goals. And while theres nothing wrong with reaching for greatness, the pursuit is not without its fair share of venting or lamenting.But what if there was a way to slow down, and still be able to live out the life you planned for yourself? Enter Slow Living, a concept that translates into slowing down and taking time to enjoy every moment of your life. It requires you to live, observe, and interact in a more mindful manner. You have to focus on the now, rather than the past or the future, acknowledge how you feel, and face your feelings so they dont eventually build up and stress you out. It helps you feel a sense of purpose as you become more in sync with the things you do or see around you.Some benefits of slow living are:1. Less stress, more patienceWhen youre rushing through things such as your daily tasks and chores, it tends to get stressful and can make you feel anxious. Similarly, if things take time or dont get done the way you want them to, it can lead to impatience. However, when you slow down and take stock of things, youll find yourself being less worried as you compose your thoughts and actions, and have more patience to deal with things that come your way. The key here is practicing mindfulness, a concept where you focus on being in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or future.2. Improved relationshipsIn the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often our loved ones who are easily neglected. When you start living a slower life, it gives you the time to connect and nurture your bonds with those around you. This goes a long way in helping you improve and maintain healthy relationships.3. More timeFast-paced lives often mean no time to do things you love, and spending quality time with loved ones can seem like a luxury you cant afford. When you start slowing down, you start to prioritise things that add meaning to your life, and may even realise that things you once gave prime importance to can wait. Moreover, with this realisation, youll see that things dont have to be rushed, and leisure activities are very much a possibility.4. Health is wealthOnce you start doing things yourselfcooking meals from scratch, walking down to the store instead of having them delivered--youll start to feel healthier. An active body always makes for a fitter you, and slow living means youll prioritise your health and fitness over convenience, and begin incorporating healthy habits into your routine.5. Acceptance and gratitudeAs you slow down, youll become more accepting of situations and things, especially those which are out of your control. Youll also notice how the small steps you take to achieve your goals are equally important, and help you remain that much more focused, and far more grateful.