Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611599572
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 745,328
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Newmark is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

Brooke Burke-Charvet is a host, actress, television personality, fashion designer and entrepreneur. She authored her first book, "The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom's Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice and Soulful Reflections," in 2011.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Brooke Burke-Charvet 1

1 The Freedom of Less

1 Unit 91, Phyllis McKinley 9

2 The Pick-Me-Up that Doesn't Work, Katie Bangert 13

3 Going Places with Less, Susan Leitzsch 17

4 The Liberation of Liquidation, John P. Buentello 21

5 You Must Be Mistaken, Veronica Bowman 24

6 Farewell to My Diaries, Louisa Rogers 27

7 In Love with My Life, Jill Burns 29

8 The Dream Home, Suzannah Kiper 32

9 The Decades Long Dream, Julia M. Toto 35

10 Going Naked, Sally Friedman 39

2 The Joy of No

11 Eating Lentils, Katie Drew 45

12 Mommy Your Head Is Wrong! Diane Stark 49

13 From Super to Serene, D.S.A 52

14 Silencing the "Should" Monster, Sydney Logan 55

15 The Challenge, Denise Barnes 58

16 Practice Makes Perfect, Mary C. M. Phillips 62

17 Too Much of a Good Thing, Liz Rolland 65

18 There's a Limit, Monica A. Andermann 68

19 An Idyll of Idleness, Sally Friedman 71

20 Saying No with Passion, Jill Haymaker 74

3 All You Need Is Less

21 Living the Dream, Marybeth Mitcham 81

22 The Undecided Pile, Sheila Sowder 84

23 Good Riddance, X. Jensen Lacey 88

24 Giving New the Boot, Robyn Gerland 91

25 Increasing My Income by Getting Rid of My Junk, Dee Dee McNeil 94

26 Hung Up, Ruth Lehrer 98

27 Coffee Corner, Jennie Ivey 102

28 One Bag Rule, Kelti Goudie 105

29 The Small Simplicity Challenge that Changed My Life, Dallas Woodburn 108

30 Christmas Without Electricity, Christopher F. Cantrell 111

4 Joyfully Unplugged

31 Friends Less, Melissa Wootan 117

32 Goodbye TY Cindy O'Leary 121

33 The Freedom of Shabbat, Bracha Goetz 123

34 Why I Gave My Smartphone a Lobotomy, Nicole LVMullis 126

35 Trading Bandwidth for Bonding, Mary Anglin-Coulter 129

36 Keeping the Lens Cap On, Selena Singh 132

37 Itching for a Change, Priscilla Dann-Courtney 136

38 Why I (Mostly) Quit Facebook, Kate Lemery 139

39 Cutting the Cord, Danica Favorite 143

40 The Power of Play, Barbara LoMonaco 146

5 The Joy of Sharing

41 Pass on the Party, Miriam Van Scott 153

42 Birth of the Rototiller Club, Mary Grant Dempsey 157

43 The Rain Jacket, Leah Shearer Noonan 159

44 The Joy of Freecycling, W Bradford Swift 162

45 Nun the Worse for Wear, Nancy Emmick Panko 165

46 Getting It Gone, Geri Moran 168

47 Little Free Libraries, Tanya Janke 171

48 Real-Time Inheritance, Miriam Hill 175

49 The Ugly Socks, Natalie June Reilly 177

50 An Empty Garage, Mary Grant Dempsey 180

6 Less Is So Much More

51 The Summer of Their Discontent, Debby Johnson 185

52 Priorities, April Serock 188

53 The Joy of Simpler Gift-Giving, Maril Crabtree 191

54 Downsizing to Our "Yacht" Gene R. Smillie 194

55 When Less Truly Is More, K.D. King 197

56 Warming Up to Less, Bruce Black 200

57 The Family Farm, Maggie Hofstaedter 203

58 A Second Chance at Love, Gwen Daye 207

59 Helping More Animals by Having Less,

7 Susan Kimmel Wright 209

60 De-cluttering a Brain, Julie Sanderson 213

8 Joy on the Road

61 Life in a Rolling Cardboard Box, Jema Anderson 221

62 Mental Seine, Shehfina Mamdani 224

63 Finding Mount Fuji, Stacy Thibodeaux 227

64 Trading Houses, Marjorie Woodall 231

65 Trusting Serendipity, Jerri Kafyeke 234

66 Birthday Blast, David Hull 238

67 Letting Go and Moving On, Kimberly Ross 242

68 Fire Drills, Connie K. Pombo 245

69 A Heart Full of Memories, Kaitlin Murray 248

70 Release the Stuff, Unleash the Magic, Aimee DuFresne 251

8 Count Your Blessings

71 Someone Else's Blessing, Jeanie Jacobson 259

72 The Best Choice, Brianna Bell 263

73 River Flows in You, Vidya 266

74 The Last Meal of the Month, Jill Burns 269

75 Slightly Bent Flugelhorn, Best Offer, Mark Rickerby 272

76 Happiness Is Raising a Roof, Heidi McLaughlin 275

77 It's Still Too Much, Kris Reece 279

78 The Most Valuable Lessons, Celia Jarvis 282

79 Setting the Place, Barbara Davey 285

80 This Little Piggy Came Home, Carol Emmons Hartsoe 289

9 The Joy of Starting Over

81 From Tragedy to Triumph, Kamia Taylor 295

82 Small Blessings, Elizabeth A. Atwater 299

83 Half Is More, Brenda Cathcart-Kloke 302

84 The Real Treasures, Patricia Lorenz 305

85 I Have Enough, Ava Pennington 310

86 Recharged Without the Cards, Marsha Porter 313

87 Finding My Sparkle, Susan Yanguas 317

88 What a Young Life Can Teach You, Heather Gillis 320

89 My Kitchen in a Trunk, Joan Wasson 323

90 Embracing Black, Jennie Ivey 326

91 My Father's Watch, Paula Sherwin 329

10 Lessons in Less

92 The One Thing We Didn't Have to Unpack, Amelia Hollingsworth 335

93 The Rule of Twenty Pat Wahler 339

94 The Yard Sale Party, Joan Wasson 342

95 Clearing Out the Clutter, Cynthia McGonagle McGarity 344

96 How a Clean Closet Changed My Life, Joy Choquette 347

97 The Lesson of the Mandala, Monica A. Andermann 351

98 Waste Not, Want Not, Marya Morin 354

99 What a Birthday Should Look Like, Rebecca Smith Masterson 358

100 Fifty-Two Weeks, Amy Newmark 360

101 Controlled Chaos, Brooke Burke-Charvet 363

Meet Our Contributors 367

Meet Amy Newmark 383

Meet Brooke Burke-Charvet 385

Thank You 387

About Chicken Soup for the Soul 388

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