You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too

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New World Library, Aug 22, 2012 - Self-Help - 224 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the tone of this book - "here's what worked for me and here's some baby steps you can take if this sounds like a lifestyle for you". Although the book isn't long and is divided logically, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - schatzi - LibraryThing

This book details Tammy Strobel's transformation from materialistic to simplification, as well as some advice on how the reader can do it, too. I'm intrigued by the "tiny house" movement (living in a ... Read full review

Contents

Rethinking Normal
1
The Paradox of Stuff
7
Buying Things Will Not Make You Happy
9
The Stuff You Own Owns You
19
Finding Happiness through Simple Living
35
Changing Your Relationship with Stuff
37
The Power of Debt
47
Sell What You Can Give the Rest Away
59
Time Is the Only Real Wealth
117
Money vs Experiences
131
Relationships Matter Not Things
141
The Art of Community Building
153
The Power of Tiny Pleasures
165
Love Life Not Stuff
179
Endnotes
183
Resources and Further Reading
193

The Joy of the Small House
81
Reclaiming Work
99
Buying Happiness
115
Index
199
About the Author
209
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About the author (2012)

Tammy Strobel is a writer, tiny house enthusiast, and coffee addict. She created her blog, RowdyKittens.com, in late 2007 to improve her writing and to share her story. Her story has been featured by the New York Times, USA Today, the Today show, CNN, MSNBC, and a variety of other media outlets. Tammy spends her free time taking photos, volunteering, and hanging out with friends and family. She currently lives in a very tiny house in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Logan, and two cats.

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