The New Good Life

Living Better Than Ever in An Age of Less

Robbins, John

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The New Good Life
How do you define the good life? For many, success is measured not by health and happiness but by financial wealth. But such a worldview overlooks the important things in life: personal contentment, family time, spirituality, and the health of the planet and those living on it. A preoccupation with money and possessions is not only unhealthy, it can also drain the true joy from life. In recent years, millions have watched their American Dreams go up in smoke. The international financial collapse, inflation, massive layoffs, and burgeoning consumer debt have left people in dire financial straits--including John Robbins, a crusader for planet-friendly food and lifestyle choices, who lost his entire savings in an investment scam. But Robbins soon realized that there was an upside to our collective financial downturn: Curtailed consumerism could lead us to reassess our lives and values. The New Good Life provides a philosophical and prescriptive path from conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption. Where the old view of success was measured by cash, stocks, and various luxuries, the new view will be guided by financial restraint and a new awareness of what truly matters. A passionate manifesto on finding meaning beyond money and status, this book delivers a sound blueprint for living well on less. Discover how to * create your own definition of success based on your deepest beliefs and life experience * alleviate depression, lower blood pressure, and stay fit with inexpensive alternatives for high-cost medications * develop a diet that promotes better health--and saves you money * plan for--and protect yourself from--future economic catastrophes * cut down on your housing and transportation costs * live frugally without deprivation * follow in the footsteps of real people who have effectively forged new financial identities The New Good Life provides much-needed hope and comfort in a time of fear and uncertainty. Here is everything you need to develop high-joy, low-cost solutions to life's challenges. Practical and timely, this book equips you with the skills needed not only to survive but to thrive in these challenging times.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0345519841
Branch Call Number: 332.024 R634n 2010
Characteristics: xvi, 283 p. ;,25 cm


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The author grew up with a life of privilege and walked away from it. He has found that money can buy many things, but contentment cannot be had for cash.

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Jul 26, 2011
  • Vesperale rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

C'est un livre qui pousse à la réflexion - évidemment - mais qui offre quelques conseils pratiques comme par exemple comment calculer le vrai coût du travail, quels sont 12 aliments super santé (avec une recette pour chacune), ou encore de bonnes recettes de nettoyants non polluants mais efficaces. Juste pour cette dernière partie, le livre en vaut la peine.
Même si ces convictions sont claires, il ne fait pas vraiment la morale et laisse au lecteur son libre-arbitre. Il parle de son cheminement et des non-sens de certains de nos choix.

Mar 09, 2011

Winner in the Personal Finance category - Books for a Better Life 2011


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