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Maybe the key to happiness is to focus less on making moments last and more on making them count.  ~Lori Deschene

I love to read and whenever someone recommends a book, I’m in heaven. So when New World Library contacted me about an advanced copy of You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too, I jumped at the chance.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) is an inspirational blueprint towards a simpler life. The author, Tammy Strobel, combines her research with real life stories and real life solutions. The result is a book that gently reminds you what is important in life and gives you the tools to make necessary changes.

Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills. ~Clifford Odets

Before reading You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap), I felt like we were living a pretty simple life. We try to be thoughtful about our purchases and smart with our finances, so I was surprised at how many new ways to simplify I discovered. This book motivated me to do better for all the right reasons.

Here are a few (of many) quotes from the book that really resonated with me:

Ultimately, “simplifying your life” means being open, vulnerable, and courageous enough to redefine the way you live – because you want to.

How much of your life is dedicated to acquiring and managing your stuff?

The point isn’t to downsize as dramatically as possible, but to do so in ways that improve and enhance your home life and relationships.

I highly recommend You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too and you’ll be able to find it in bookstores on September 18th or online from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, New World Library and Powell’s.

More about the author:

Tammy Strobel is a writer, simple living advocate, coffee addict, and tiny house enthusiast. She created her blog, RowdyKittens.com, to share her story of embracing simplicity. Since then, her story has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, and in a variety of other media outlets. Her blog is http://www.rowdykittens.com. Here is a link to an Oregon Public Radio interview with Tammy and her husband on living in a tiny house: http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/how-we-live-tiny-houses/.

True happiness consists in making others happy. ~a Hindu proverb

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