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I need a word to describe someone who lives a happy, purposeful life without needing a lot of resources. The words "light footprint" and "low maintenance" come to mind, but I'd like a word/adjectival phrase that doesn't sound so modern.

  • Do you mean physically light-footed, or little environmental detriment? – marcellothearcane Aug 4 at 9:08
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    Please read the description on the single-word-request tag, and improve your question. It lacks a sample sentence, although it shows some research/effort. – Mari-Lou A Aug 4 at 9:09
  • The duplicate nature hinges on the example ' "Mr.K is not a wasteful man. He leads a very {mundane} life." ' and '... In the example ... I am referring mundane to be "ordinary" and in positive sense.' / An example sentence here might make the question legitimate on ELU. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 4 at 13:00
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The question is I need a word (adjective) to describe someone who lives a happy, purposeful life without needing a lot of resources

Before the days of buzz words and trendy phrases we would have just said

they lived a simple life. or had a simple life style

In fact this was a very clever use of the word simple Cambridge English Dictionary as simple can be used as an adjective to describe multiple things: easy, plain and natural, being among them, all of which would be relative in this case.

He was just a simple fisherman.

Note Jesus was described as just a simple fisherman to portray exactly this meaning.

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As in:

She has a gentle, unassuming manner. TDF

unassuming
adj.

Exhibiting no pretensions, boastfulness, or ostentation; modest.

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