You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

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

Strobel, Tammy

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)
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 .
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2012
ISBN: 1608680835
Branch Call Number: 650.1 S919y 2012
Characteristics: xi, 209 p. ;,22 cm


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Okay, it's a rubbish title, but the story is the thing. Learn what is possible when you do make less and live more.

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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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