Category: Simple Living

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Simple living is better for everyone. You can improve your own life and help improve the lives of others, not just for our generation, but for future generations as well.

 

In his essay “Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture,” Samuel Alexander, defines simple living as “a post-consumerist living strategy that rejects the materialistic lifestyle of consumer culture and affirms what is often just called ‘the simple life,’ or ‘downshifting.’”

 

The simple living lifestyle relies on the practice of minimalism. Quoting The Minimalists, “Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” In other words, minimalism is a tool used to simplify your life, i.e., achieve a simple living lifestyle.

 

Positive psychology is the perfect science to enhance the simple living lifestyle. Simple living needs positive psychology.

September 28, 2017 Carol No comments exist

The video below is from Pump Boys and Dinettes. Rhetta Cupp tells her sister Prudie, “I need a vacation from more of the same old thing. … If I could only do something different somewhere else, oh what a joy, a mighty joy, that would bring.” Prudie then crosses to L.M., one of the “pump boys.” L.M….

April 29, 2017 Carol 1 comment

As time goes by I find myself feeling less alone and less afraid of death. I attribute these feelings to an increasingly strong belief in what Duane Elgin calls  “a living universe.”   In the video below, Elgin says,”Today the human family faces the perfect storm of a world in systems crisis. The climate is warming,…

March 23, 2017 Carol No comments exist

This year the U.S. is number 14 in happiness, a ranking so low that we literally fall of this chart.   The data comes from the 2017 World Happiness Report, released on March 20th, to coincide with World Happiness Day.The report was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an international panel of social scientists…

November 28, 2016 Carol No comments exist

Trump’s campaign pledge was to “Make America great again.”   Let us as a nation pledge to “Make America great.”. Drop the “again,” because it suggests that we might need to turn back the clock. When, in fact, what’s needed are some fresh new ideas about how to move forward.   So then … How do…

October 25, 2016 Carol No comments exist

The Case for Holiday Gifts That Give Back So many of us are so fortunate to have everything we need. Sadly there are too many in this world who lack even the basic necessities of food, shelter, and adequate health care. Many walk a thin line between the two.   Whatever your religious affiliations, you can…

September 19, 2016 Carol 2 comments

Have you tried decluttering ? Judging from all of the media attention this topic has received, you probably have. Were you satisfied with the results? Did it work as advertised? Did it change your life as much as you hoped it would? Learn how to achieve better results. Explore with me the myths and magic…

August 10, 2016 Carol No comments exist

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful. – Dalai Lama   Simple living is better for everyone. You can improve your own life and help improve the lives of others, not just for our generation, but for future generations as well.   What is simple living, anyway?   In his essay “Voluntary…

March 4, 2016 Carol 4 comments

The expression “You can’t take it with you” originates from a film of the same name. This quote, spoken by the film’s character Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff, encapsulates the meaning of the expression: Maybe it’ll stop you trying to be so desperate about making more money than you can ever use? You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what…

February 16, 2016 Carol 2 comments

Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for…

November 19, 2015 Carol 3 comments

So many of us are so fortunate to have everything we need. Sadly there are too many in this world who lack even the basic necessities of food, shelter, and adequate health care. Many walk a thin line between the two. Whatever your religious affiliations, you can put an end to all the mad consumerism that…