Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by ellen
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I’ve been working toward simplifying my life for about a year. Week by week, I declutter a bit more. I pare down my schedule. I turn off more notifications on my phone. It hasn’t been an easy journey. I’m used to being very busy all of the time, but it’s a journey that I needed to take. As I work to simplifying and owning less, I enjoy reading stories from other people who are working toward the same thing. It helps me stay focused and it helps with motivation. I was sent a book for review and this post contains affiliate links.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Joy of Less
In the Age of Disposables—fashion, phones, glasses, and even friends!—some people are finding joy by rediscovering the simple life. They’re cleaning house, both literally and figuratively, and finding themselves better for it. By getting rid of excess “stuff” and trimming down their over-filled schedules, they feel happier and more fulfilled than ever before. It’s really true that little can go a long way.
With Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less, spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning. You’ll read stories about people who found happiness in an unlikely way: by saying no. No to buying more stuff, no to taking on additional time-filling commitments, and no to trying to please everyone all of the time.
In this book, you’ll also meet people who have found contentment in simplicity by spending time with their family during “staycations.” You’ll also read about people who cut out some of the everyday stressors in life by simply “unplugging” by turning off their smartphones and staying away from the Internet for a day. It’s amazing what a little break can do.
You’ll even meet people who lost almost everything but found happiness rediscovering who they really are and turning catastrophe into opportunity. When forced to simplify because the going gets tough, the tough get creative and find ways to flourish.
Whether it’s cleaning out your closets and holding a yard sale or taking a stand for your wellbeing by keeping time to yourself, there are a hundred different ways to find joy in less.
I really enjoyed the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Joy of Less. I loved seeing stories from people who were going through the same things I am, but there were so many inspiring stories from people who were going through different things as well. I have been doing well with physical decluttering but mental decluttering and digital decluttering are still things that I struggle with. It was helpful to see how other people were handling these issues. Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Joy of Less has really inspired me to continue working towards a simpler life.
Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Joy of Less has really inspired me to continue working towards a simpler life. If simple living is something you’re trying to obtain, I recommend you read Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Joy of Less.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, watch movies and play games. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.