Less Is More

I read a book called Radical Simplicity (don't remember the author) about a year ago.  It really helped change my views on how I should live my life and what I should be happy with.  It talks not only about consuming less gasoline, electricity, etc but also about just being generally happy living a simpler life.  People always say that material objects will never make you happy but how many people actually live that truth?  The book mentions that people should consider working less and making less money.  I think there is something to that.  I'm making better money now, nut I think I was happier a couple of years ago when I was struggling financially.  I was eating less expensive food (grains, vegetables, whole (not pre-packaged) foods, all of which are cheaper and mostly healthier.  I spent more time preparing my own food and gardening.  These things brought me genuine happiness and I will do my best to get back to that foundation, even though I'm making more money now.
ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton
41-45, M
4 Responses Jun 8, 2007

That sounds cool...love and mac and cheese...thanks!

After reading the latest Adbusters I finally realized what I'm doing to the world with my American consumerism and I was disgusted with myself. I can relate to what you said about being happier with less, though. One of the happiest times of my life I was "living off of love and macaroni and cheese." I miss those days.

Well if you don't want to live more simply, but are forced to by financial losses, then you're not going to be happy about it. It's a state of mind, learning to not get your happiness through products and services....learning the fruitlessness of it.

cheapskate weekly and/or monthly have fantastic money saving tips. if you're interested just google it: "cheapskate, tips, weekly" i thoroughly enjoy the fruits of applying these tips to my life. it's a great book too, btw.