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The many reasons why less is more for the people choosing modest lives

The idea of a life lived modestly is gaining traction. Ten years ago, Samantha Weinberg, a mother of two young children, spent a year not shopping. Her aim was to reduce her environmental impact. The next year, Mark Boyle, founder … Continue reading

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Your serious pursuit of happiness is key to protecting the planet

Michelle McGagh is a bold woman. A personal finance journalist, she has just completed a year in which she vowed to spend no money at all except on essential bills, simple food, and charitable donations. It was a tall order … Continue reading

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3. Habits that Cultivate Happiness are Kind to the Earth: the reciprocal relationship between personal wellbeing and environmental sustainability

Research tells us that non-materialistic people are more satisfied with their lives than materialistically-orientated individuals.  And it is clear that those who put a high value on material consumption, or who look primarily to material things for emotional consolation or … Continue reading

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2. Capitalism vs Climate = Mindless Consumption vs Real Wellbeing

Naomi Klein is right in looking to capitalism, the slave-master of paid-up members of consumer society, to identify the true culprit of climate change and environmental decline. But capitalism, and the hugely excessive consumption of material goods on which it … Continue reading

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1. Relating personal wellbeing to environmental sustainability – how to shape a nutshell?

When I chose Happier People Healthier Planet as the main title for my book I wondered whether there should be a punctuation mark in the middle. I decided against the insertion of a comma or a colon between the two halves, as … Continue reading

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