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You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
One of the most important books you’ll read. If put into action, it will change lives.”
Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less
This inspirational guide to creating a life of simple contentment is packed with real-life stories and practical tips for finding happiness. It’s thoughtful and engaging, a road map to a postconsumer world. I loved it.”
J. D. Roth, editor of the blog Get Rich Slowly
You will immediately connect with Tammy Strobel’s transparent and vulnerable storytelling. As a result, you will be challenged deeply by her discoveries about money, possessions, and happiness.”
Joshua Becker, writer of the blog Becoming Minimalist
Tammy Strobel’s new book should resonate with millions of Americans. She has articulated what has become a movement in these changing times: simplification of our lives, less stuff, smaller living spaces.”
Lloyd Kahn, author of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter
This powerful book reminds all of us that happiness is a choice and that when you choose time over money and people over stuff, happiness awaits.”
Courtney Carver, blogger and author of Simple Ways to Be More with Less
This cheerful handbook offers the emotional and practical lessons Strobel learned while radically downsizing her living space, disposing of most of her possessions, and simplifying her lifestyle....Although her personal choices may seem extreme, the environmental politics and magnitude of change Strobel asks of her reader is distinctly moderate, making this a practical book even for those who only want to live a little bit lighter.”
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608680835
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608680832
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : New World Library; and It's Cheap edition (September 11, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #707,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'd been talking for years about how I wanted to be able to travel more, and have more time to spend with the people I care about. Getting rid of the excess stuff enabled me to downsize to a smaller home which takes less money and time to maintain. The smaller space acts as a brake on buying things because they're cute or on sale and I spend very little time these days shopping.
I'd experienced a lot of resistance from people who couldn't believe I'd give up the big house, get rid of the things I'd accumulated and treasured for years. They couldn't understand why I'd want to do that, but now seeing how I am traveling more, getting to pursue some of the hobbies I've long wanted to try, and have more time to just be with friends and family, they're no longer seeing what I've done as something crazy, but very sane.
It seems so simple that just by jettisoning all the unnecessary possessions, I could have what I really wanted, and yet, it really is that simple. The difficulty was not letting go of stuff, but letting go of the idea that I needed things to be "normal," or happy.
Tammy's book helped inspire me to take a leap away from a lifestyle of accumulating and having things to a lifestyle of accumulating experiences and memories. I'm glad she shared her journey and believe there's something for everyone in her book.
My problem with the book is the subtitle "how one woman radically simplified her life and how you can too". This led me to believe this was a single woman going it on her own. The book is about her and her husband and thus more resources than a single gal would have (two incomes, more flexibility, man power). I really wanted to hear about a single woman's perspective and experience, because I believe there are more difficulties when you don't have a partner.
I think the process of simplifying is ongoing and it's easy to feel defeated... but realizing that by just hanging in there, starting where you are, using what you've got, and doing what you can... it's all okay. Comparing your version of simplicity with someone else's... just like any other form of comparison... takes you down the wrong avenue.
Tammy is very vulnerable and authentic in recounting her journey, which I think is very brave. Don't know if many of us would open ourselves up to criticism by sharing our "past" and "past attachments". I still can't let the ring go! LOL
It's a relatively quick read, and I was left inspired instead of overwhelmed.
The dialogs seem a bit scripted, but otherwise the writing is clear and easy to read, and the author does not patronize or condescend. I also appreciated all the references to other books and blogs.
Top reviews from other countries
In simplifying my life, she is an example I'd like to follow and if only more people were like here, the world would be a far better place.
The book is engaging and easy to read. Although focusing primarily on life in the US, many of the lessons there can be learned over here in the UK too. Highly recommended.
Even though i am already most of the way there in terms of beliefs, and only buy what i need generally, i still found this book had ideas and actions to take that i found thought provoking and conducive to gaining more happiness.
I expected the book to be longer based upon the price, although i am still glad i purchased it.