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Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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Lighten Up Love What Your Have, Have What You Need, be Happier with Less, by Peter Walsh, is a book to written to help us understand that that money does not buy happiness and hwo to live within our means and still find happiness!
Walsh writes about people who are financially suffering because of the Great Recession--who, while riddled with anxiety and depression about money problems, still spend money as a (short) term way of making themselves feel better. He explains that many of us feel that buying stuff makes us happy--but it doesn't.
Walsh writes about how many of us are now "getting it"--we understand that we don't need the biggest house or car or to buy more than all the neighbors do.
Just a little side note...in college I studied this phenomenon and can tell you that buying to find happiness (security, status, etc) has been around a long time--as in, since the late 19th Century with the rise of the Industrial Revolution! With the increase of goods came the need to sell them...thus, advertisements were born and with them, powerful messages to consume. Point is--we have been brainwashed into believing that buying makes us feel good for a long time!
Walsh attempts to smash all these erroneous beliefs and does a good job of it. The book instructs on how to set priorities and learn the differences between needs versus wants and entitlements. He asks: "How do you live a life of abundance on less?" --and explains how to do that.Read more ›
In his timely book _Lighten Up_, Peter's mission is to "show you how to make space for what really matters by facing those fears and ditching denial once and for all." This book helps you get real about your financial habits, and offers a step-by-step way to work towards the vision you have for your life. Highly readable and usable, this book offers plenty of profound insights that are likely to change your relationship with money:
*"It's better to collect money, space, time, and energy than any single item." (p. 205)
*"Once you move away from falsely thinking that more stuff creates more of what you want, you can appreciate the value of less. When you acquire less stuff you will actually get more of want you really want--more money, greater security, peace of mind, more time, more energy, and deeper relationships." (p. 212)
*"We frequently acquire things we think we need for survival, but there are very few things we actually need in order to survive." (p. 137)
*"Break the association between spending and happiness, between love and receiving more, and between the acquisition of stuff and self-fulfillment." (p. 226)
One of my favorite parts of the book is the pause-before-purchase questions Peter suggests asking yourself before checking out (p.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have purchased all of Peter Walsh books! Oddly enough, I am a very organized person, but I do struggle with too much stuff at times.Published 4 months ago by Karen D. Toby
Great book. This will forever change your thinking about the relationship you have with stuff. After reading this book, I was able to guilt-free let go of things I had been holding... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Linda Ketter
Very good for helping to clarify why we keep the stuff we have and why we think we can't let it go. Good advice for rethinking, evaluating and making new decisions about things we... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Healthcoach
I love Peter's books, He uses down-to-earth recommendations laced with humor and amusement. The daunting task of being organized and uncluttered can be extremely overwhelming to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeanine M. Weintz