September 1, 2012

Radically Simplify Your Life: You Can Buy Happiness

Unfortunately, we live in a consumer culture which does affect our happiness. We want things, even eco-friendly things, and if we don't get them, many of us suffer. 

 Don't let the title of this book by Tammy Strobel fool you, it's not about buying your happiness but making choices to downsize and live more sustainably.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too is written by the blogger at Rowdy Kittens.

Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing -- or smart-sizing -- dream. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that's more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.

I found the author's conversation with Dusti Arab interesting, as it involves kids. Tammy does not have kids, and those of with them, know they have a lot of crap! My son, especially, has lots of toy trucks and tractors. Sure most of them are eco-friendly, but our house is overrun. It's the obligatory holidays and gifts from others that packs the place. The conversation with Dusti is interesting about how you handle family and friends as you downsize. For example, giving a gift to the Goodwill can be insulting to those that don't understand your motivation.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at September 1, 2012 11:17 AM

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