- Published: New York : Free Press, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
- Description: ix, 288 p. ; 24 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Lighten up : love what you have, have what you need, be happier with less
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Call number: 332.024 Wa
Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult
Measuring happiness: how a life with less can be a life with more -- From Living on Less to Living with More -- The life you imagine for yourself -- What makes you happy? -- From Audit to Action -- The personal audit: your life -- Create space for what really matters -- The financial audit: your money -- Face the financials -- The home audit: your stuff -- Change the way you and your family measure happiness -- From Today to Tomorrow and Beyond -- Checkup and maintenance -- New beginnings.
It seems as though not a day goes by that we don't think about money. We cut back on spending. We chase a bargain. We try to save more. We strive to use less credit. We worry about funding our retirement and our children's education. Yet we continue to spend money on things that don't matter. The author knows that money and debt can overwhelm your life even faster than clutter, and he has a plan to help deal with that emotional and financial chaos. His previous bestselling books inspired us to successfully evict the clutter in our homes, on our bodies, and in six key areas of our lives. But for many people, clearing the clutter suddenly exposes deeper issues, financial, physical, and emotional. Sometimes our problems are not really about the physical stuff but about the emotional fabric of our lives, from our relationships with money to our relationships with people and even how we define and find happiness. In this work, the author demonstrates that this reassessment of priorities is a great opportunity to examine our lives and circumstances and to make the changes necessary to focus on the things that really matter. Exploring the real source of happiness, he offers a clear strategy for finding the delicate balance between what we have, what we need, and what we want or feel entitled to. With three unique audits that cover every aspect of our well being, he takes us step by step through sizing up not just our possessions and financial statements but also our thoughts, goals, use of time and energy, and even our innermost sources of tension. He then shows us how to embrace the changes we've experienced, set a new path for the future, and come to accept that living on less can feel and be so much richer. This book instructs how to: Change the way you and your family measure happiness, Face your financial situation and set realistic priorities, Create space for what really matters, Plan realistically for financial and emotional security, Be happier with less. His plan will help you achieve personal balance that brings happiness and the courage to choose a rewarding life over the mindless pursuit of more stuff.
This book offers a road map to creating a less-is-more life, and teaches readers how a life of less can actually be a life of great abundance. Features three audits designed to instigate life changes: a financial audit combined with assessments of the physical junk filling your homes and the emotional junk causing tension in your life.
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