Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less
In Lighten Up, Peter demonstrates that this reassessment of priorities is a great opportunity to examine our lives and circumstances and to make the changes necessary to focus on the things that really matter. Exploring the real source of happiness, Peter offers a clear strategy for finding the delicate balance between what we have, what we need, and what we want or feel entitled to. With three unique audits that cover every aspect of our well-being, he takes us step by step through sizing up not just our possessions and financial statements but also our thoughts, goals, use of time and energy, and even our innermost sources of tension. He then shows us how to embrace the changes we’ve experienced, set a new path for the future, and come to accept that living on less can feel—and be—so much richer.
In Lighten Up you will learn how to:
• Change the way you and your family measure happiness
• Face your financial situation and set realistic priorities
• Create space for what really matters
• Plan realistically for financial and emotional security
• Be happier with less
Peter’s plan will help you achieve a personal balance that brings you happiness and the courage to choose a richly rewarding life over the mindless pursuit of more stuff.
In the same way that I conquered clutter in your home, heart, mind, and lives in my previous books, Lighten Up will help you to clear a path to financial health and emotional harmony. I am going to show you how to live a life of abundance on less in a way that doesn’t plunge you deeper into misery and despair, and my belief is that with a changed mind-set will come a sense of calm, authentic personal identity, and . . . yes . . . happiness. Your well-being doesn’t have to be measured by monetary wealth. You’ll learn how to capitalize on where you derive happiness, and discover that your truest sources of pleasure and joy are actually free. With a little bit of mental and, in some cases, physical rearranging and reprioritizing, you can come to view your life from a completely different—but much more satisfying—place. I’ll show you how to psychologically transform your pain, anxieties, and anguish into a spring of courage and action no matter how much you’ve lost or had to give up. The old adage rings true: With crisis comes great opportunity. —from Lighten Up
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Measuring Happiness—How a Life
with Less Can Be a Life with More
PERHAPS YOU’RE READING THIS while browsing in a bookstore. If so, glance over at the woman across the way when she’s not looking, the one scanning titles of books on a table and searching for her next engrossing read. She’s well dressed, appears healthy and happy, and looks intelligent and strong willed, someone who could be a friend or neighbor. You can’t picture this woman as someone who feels extraordinarily lost and as emotionally bankrupt as her bank account. She is estranged from her husband and friends,... see more