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You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too
Strobel, Tammy, 1978- (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)
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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.

Perseus Publishing
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.


Authors: Strobel, Tammy, 1978-
Statement of Responsibility: Tammy Strobel
Title: You can buy happiness (and it's cheap)
how one woman radically simplified her life and how you can too
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2012
Characteristics: xi, 209 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Buying things will not make you happy
The stuff you own, owns you
Changing your relationship with stuff
The power of debt
Sell what you can, give the rest away
The joy of the small (house)
Reclaiming work
Time is the only real wealth
Money vs. experiences
Relationships matter, not things
The art of community building
The power of tiny pleasures
Epilogue : love life, not stuff
Subject Headings: Happiness Self-actualization (Psychology) Simplicity
Topical Term: Happiness
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Simplicity
LCCN: 2012018289
ISBN: 9781608680832
1608680835
Branch Call Number: 650.1 S
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Apr 12, 2014
  • grewzio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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!

Feb 04, 2014
  • deneler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ever since watching the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small I have been obsessed with the tiny house movement. And while the houses are completely adorable and super creative with space, it's the message that really appealed to me: time is more valuable than money, freedom and flexibility are priority, and we really don't need so much stuff! That message is carried through in this book. I appreciated the micro-actions at the end of each chapter, tasks to guide you to move forward to a simpler way of life. The tone is encouraging, not critical. And Tammy is honest in the areas that were struggles. While I probably won't ever live in a tiny house (my current climate kind of restricts that), I am still able to apply many of the things I learned to my life. The changes don't have to be radical and extreme. Even just incorporating small changes from this book can have an impact on your way of life - for the better.

Jun 30, 2013
  • LaughingOne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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