Do you "live simply"?
For economic, environmental or personal philosophical reasons, do you live differently from your materialist, competitive and consuming neighbours?
You may live in a town, city or rural area, but do you live differently?
Has the global economic crisis had an impact on how you live, or have you always lived a thrifty life?
How has living simply effected your happiness (mental and emotional health) and physical health?
Have you given up driving a car, or perhaps you’ve downshifted to a smaller home. Do you grow your own food, buy second-hand goods, make your own clothes. Perhaps you’ve moved away to a rural area or into a city to take advantage of public services. Have you changed your job, work fewer hours or lost your job. Have you always lived this way, or has “living simply” been forced upon you?
What is your one luxury item - your exception to living simply?
Please tell us how you "live simply" - why and for how long you have lived this way and if you live in an urban or rural area.
I’m a fan of two books that inspired me to simplify my life, they are:
“Choosing Simplicity” by Linda Breen Pierce
This is a US book detailing the results of a study of “down shifters” undertaken by the author between 1996 - 98. The book details some of the respondents stories with comment from Linda.
“How to Be Free” by Tom Hodgkinson
A light-hearted British book providing the historical, rational and philosophic reasons why living a materialistic consumer life is bad for our health, wealth and happiness. We have all been brainwashed by our capitalist masters and need to wake up! Available as an e-book.