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.

August 21, 2015 Carol 10 comments

This amazing picture is titled Freedom. It’s by Moyan Brenn on Flickr. Americans Aren’t Taking Vacation Overall, Americans are taking the least amount of vacation in nearly four decades. Even when Americans do take a vacation, many of them feel compelled to work through their vacations, at least some of the time. The United States is…

July 25, 2015 Carol 4 comments

Simple living is a lifestyle. Positive psychology is a science. Both share a common goal — living a good life. A good life is a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life. The simple living lifestyle “tells us” that we must edit our possessions and our activities in order to make room for what’s important. But how do…

May 31, 2015 Carol 6 comments

If  the material consumption of a fraction of humanity is already harming the planet, is there an alternative path that enables all of humanity to live more lightly upon the Earth, while experiencing a higher quality of life? — Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity Do I honestly believe that simple living could save our planet? Yes,…

May 25, 2015 Carol 10 comments

Strictly speaking I am not a “Baby Boomer.” I was born in 1944, two years too early.  I still feel eminently qualified to write this rambling remembrance of “The Boomer Decades,” the ’50’s and the ’60’s. Whether you are a “boomer” or not, I hope you will enjoy it! Family Life Sunday family dinners, families…

May 20, 2015 Carol 2 comments

I once thought that economics was a boring, useless subject. I was wrong. Its purpose is to measure the success or failure of societies, and to help determine the factors that go into those successes and failures. It’s not that money, per se, is important — but our relationships toward money and our attitudes toward money…

May 7, 2015 Carol 2 comments

All of us share a desire to achieve freer, happier, more meaningful, and more productive lives. We want to cultivate what is best within ourselves. How can we satisfy this aspiration? I suggest that we begin with our passions. Passions And Happiness Martin Seligman found that the most satisfied, upbeat people were those who had discovered and…

April 3, 2015 Carol 2 comments

More Than Enough BY MARGE PIERCY The first lily of June opens its red mouth. All over the sand road where we walk multiflora rose climbs trees cascading white or pink blossoms, simple, intense the scene drifting like colored mist. The arrowhead is spreading its creamy clumps of flower and the blackberries are blooming in…

February 19, 2015 Carol 9 comments

Discover countless ways to have more fun with less money! At the same time, improve your health and well-being, expand your horizons, and help others! Read Reading is for everyone. How could it not be? Writing probably developed independently in at least three places – Egypt, Mesopotamia and Harappa between 3500 BC and 3100 BC….

February 10, 2015 Carol 2 comments

1. Take a walk in the woods. Did you happen to hear the NPR radio program “Noticing: How To Take A Walk In The Woods”? You can be a scientist, focusing your mind on wondrous and beautiful things, and relax, all at the same time. Read and watch here: Noticing: How To Take A Walk…

December 8, 2014 Carol 3 comments

Minimalism for You and Mother Earth By now you have probably heard of “minimalism,” “downsizing,” and “decluttering.” If you would like some clarification as to what these terms mean, see Declutter Your Way to a Simple Life. Perhaps you are wondering what all the fuss is about. You may be perfectly happy with all the stuff you…