Less Is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy, and Lasting Happiness

Edited by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska (New Society, 2009)

Compiled by Simple Living host Wanda Urbanska and educator Cecile Andrews, the lucid essays in this anthology present some of the most compelling arguments we’ve heard for the simple life.

This profile of the simplicity movement covers a range of its key topics (slow food, time recovery, value-based work, environmental stewardship and sustainable economies) in a collection of essays by economists, designers, philosophers, farmers and professors.

The anthology defines simplicity and its subtle luxuries, explains personal changes you can make to streamline your own life, and explores broad policy changes oriented toward more sustainable principles.

Each essay offers its own perspective on how less really can be more, from a design expert’s reflection on the pleasures of a well-worn rug to an economist’s detailed explanation of a more carbon-friendly economy.

Whether you’re seeking inspiration for how to make your resources go further, or searching for hard data about why sustainability can’t wait, this collection about the values of a simpler life offers an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. It yields some very rich rewards and reveals how the pursuit of less can give way to a deeply satisfying life of more.

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