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August 3, 2005

Beat Stress, Downshift Your Life

The simplicity movement is a small quiet trend that goes against the mainstream message of our culture: buy the latest, newest, biggest whatever, be it house, car, TV or gadget. Whether they have lost a job or want to live lighter on the earth, many are embracing this lifestyle change and finding more personal freedom as a result.

Downshifting has come to mean the process of choosing to live with less: less money and fewer possessions and complications. It encompasses a number of lifestyle changes and philosophical reasons for change.

"I find that buying things does not contribute to my level of happiness. Getting rid of things and giving myself more personal time have consistently increased my level of happiness."

In Your Money or Your Life, the authors suggest ways to help determine your need to downsize, such as: Figure out where your money is going; figure out what you are earning, and what you are really keeping after factoring in what you spend to maintain your job and lifestyle.

Posted by linda at August 3, 2005 11:42 AM

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