Does this sound crazy?
Does it sound enticing?
Either way, you should read You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel.
I read this book in two days. I couldn’t put it down.
I found Strobel’s journey to simplify, reduce her consumption, and create a life that she loves absolutely fascinating.
Her writing is friendly, straightforward, and honest – she shares her triumphs and accomplishments along with her mistakes, misfortunes, and faulty ways of thinking. I really appreciate that.
- Buying Things Will Not Make You Happy
- The Stuff You Own Owns You
- Changing Your Relationship with Stuff
- The Power of Debt
- Sell What You Can, Give the Rest Away
- The Joy of the Small House
- Reclaiming Work
- Time is the Only Real Wealth
- Money vs. Experiences
- Relationships Matter, Not Things
- The Art of Community Building
- The Power of Tiny Pleasures
Strobel doesn’t just share her story, she also peppers the book with stories from other happy, interesting, and independent people who have also simplified their lives. Also, she’s done her research. Throughout the book are enlightening and often shocking factoids on happiness, consumption, debt, personal finances and more.
This not only an inspiring book, but one with tons of resources for anyone who wants to live a more frugal and intentional life. Whether you would ever live in tiny house is beside the point. This book is worth reading just for all the simplifying, life-altering, happiness-inducing ideas and strategies.
Check it out from your library when you get a chance and let me know what you think of it!