You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too

eBook - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Offers advice on how to achieve happiness by reducing the love and need for material things and focusing instead on personal relationships.

New World Library
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.
Tammy Srobel went from being $30,000 in debt, with too much stuff and a job she didn't love, to quitting her job, climbing out of debt, radically simplifying her life and finding time to do the work and the things she loves. She and her husband now live in Portland in a tiny house and she blogs about how others can make their own life changes. This book shows how she did it, how Americans are reassessing what it means to be happy, and how readers can apply radical simplicity to their own life as well.

Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2012
ISBN: 9781608680849
1608680843
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLJoyceM Dec 02, 2016

The author lives in a tiny house, after downsizing from a two-bedroom, then a one-bedroom apartment. It’s astonishing that there are more storage rental units in the United States than McDonald’s! While I don’t think I could live in 800 square feet or in a tiny house, this book provides good direction for examining how we become attached to stuff and how to clear it out when we realize buying the latest and greatest does not provide long-term satisfaction.

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grewzio
Apr 12, 2014

I agree with LaughingOne that the title of this book is not apt. However, it is a good book. So many self-improvement books are so didatic - this one is so NOT and it's lovely because of it. I also love her emphasis on starting a blog to document one's journey towards a simpler life - and too connect with others out there who are trying to do the same. A good, enjoyable, thought-provoking read. 4 Stars!

LaughingOne Jun 30, 2013

I don't like the title: buying happiness is not even in the book; buying things is actually something the author speaks against. So I find the title curious and somehow missing the point. I do like the micro-actions she has at the end of each chapter. They are helpful ideas to consider and try out for our own lives.

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