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Sustainable happiness : live simply, live well, make a difference
Van Gelder, Sarah.
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : BK, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, a BK Life book
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xv, 148 pages ; 22 cm
Sarah van Gelder and her colleagues at YES! Magazine have been exploring the meaning of real happiness for eighteen years. In this volume, they marshal research, in-depth essays, and personal stories that lead to a life-altering conclusion: what makes us truly happy are the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, our opportunities to make a contribution, and the renewal we receive from the natural world.
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Yes! (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
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We're bombarded by messages telling us that more, bigger, and better things are the keys to happiness. So we pile up the stuff, pile on the hours, and end up exhausted and depressed on a planet full of trash. Yes! Magazine has been exploring the meaning of real happiness for 18 years, and in this utterly delightful book, they bring together what thoughtful researchers and thoughtful people have uncovered about achieving happiness that lasts. Each chapter takes a different approach and tackles a different aspect of happiness, but all lead to the same conclusion: it isn't money or things that make us happy, it's the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, the contribution we make through the work we do, our ability to enjoy a healthy natural world. The authors discuss the ways that our stories about happiness and well-being define the goals of individuals and society and offer insights readers can use in their own lives to enhance their long-term well-being.

Author Notes

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and Executive Editor of YES! Magazine and Sarah frequently speaks and is interviewed on radio and television on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. She blogs regularly on and on Huffington Post.

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Library Journal Review

The staff at Yes! magazine, and its cofounder van Gelder take issue with the belief that more stuff equals greater happiness and here propose a model that nurtures community, a sense of gratitude, and the environment. After making their case, the authors present ways of promoting well-being that include sharing expensive tools, taking a break from technology, and being a good neighbor. They also focus on improving oneself with such behaviors as being mindful of the present, kicking addictions, spending time with loved ones, and simply saying "hello" to people normally taken for granted. VERDICT Akin to Conari Press's Random Acts of Kindness, this work offers more depth as to why the gentler, simple way is better for everyone. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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