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The Happy Minimalist Paperback – Import, 1 Jul 2008
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Many years ago, I got to learn a simple mantra from a Thai friend - Life has no problem. Life has a problem when we want more than we need.
Peter's book is practical and down to earth tips for simple living. I like that part where he said - the bigger the house, the higher mortgage we need to pay and the longer hours we need to work. This is happening in our country Singapore all the time. We got caught up in our busyness that we have little time to relax and time for family and friends. We become addicted to our work and career, that many times we forgot how to be human.
Peter's testimonial on how he overcame his cholesterol problem without medication is in line with my work as a naturopath. If we give the body the right conditions, it will heal by itself. I see this constantly in my practice as a naturopath and medical herbalist. But is not about using natural medicine; it is about returning to the fundamentals of living in harmony with nature, which is the core of a simple life. As the Franciscans saying goes - the more you possess, the more they possess you.
Sebastian Liew, Singapore
Yes it is short, but how deep it is, wow. It made me think and made me analyze my life and my choices. As I read this book, I could feel his honesty, his willingness to help us all see how very OK his life really is. I, personally, would not be happy to live that minimal. However, I want to reduce my life a lot. I don't think we all should live that minimal, but we should minimize greatly, to the point that we have less but are happy with with what is left. Also, not everyone will be happy with one fork, spoon... and its ok, I keep 4 of each (my lifestyle is different than his). However, 4 of each is better than kitchen fool of stuff that you don't even know what you have and never use most of it.
I need to read it again and again.
P.S.This book will make 90% of people disappointed (because it shines the light on their over-consumption) and will make 10% happy. I am one of the HAPPY 10%.
The advice in the book will work well for people who are already minimalist minded and are single. Since he's not married, and I'll just assume he's never been married or had kids, he can't offer good advice on people in other situations. For example, in a marriage what if one partner practices minimalism and the other steadfastly refuses? Or how do you help your children learn the benefits of moderation?
It was a fun read, but I read the entire thing in 45 minutes. He has a video on YouTube that summarizes his book in less than 15 minutes.
The author talks about the utility per resource (upr). Ironically this book has a very poor upr. If I didn't know the price and had to guess what it sold for, I would say between $1.99 and $2.49. It's not worth $7.00.