Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make A Difference by Sarah Van GelderSustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make A Difference by Sarah Van Gelder

Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make A Difference

EditorSarah Van Gelder

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We?re bombarded by messages telling us that more, bigger, and better things are the keys to happiness. So we pile up the stuff, pile on the hours, and end up exhausted and depressed on a planet full of trash. Yes! Magazine has been exploring the meaning of real happiness for 18 years, and in this utterly delightful book, they bring together what thoughtful researchers and thoughtful people have uncovered about achieving happiness that lasts. Each chapter takes a different approach and tackles a different aspect of happiness, but all lead to the same conclusion: it isn?t money or things that make us happy, it?s the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, the contribution we make through the work we do, our ability to enjoy a healthy natural world. The authors discuss the ways that our stories about happiness and well-being define the goals of individuals and society and offer insights readers can use in their own lives to enhance their long-term well-being.
Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and Executive Editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org. Sarah frequently speaks and is interviewed on radio and television on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. She blogs regularly on YesMagazine.org and on Huffington Post.
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Title:Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make A DifferenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:January 1, 2015Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How We Lost Track of Real Happiness and Where to Find It Now, by Sarah van Gelder Part 1: What We Know about Real Well-Being 1. The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think, by Roman Krznaric 2. Ten Things Science Says Will Make You Happy, by Jen Angel 3. Who Pays the Price for Cheap Stuff?, by Annie Leonard 4. Why Everyone Is Happier in More Equitable Societies, by Brooke Jarvis with Richard Wilkinson 5. We Are Hardwired to Cooperate and Share, by Eric Michael Johnson 6. Why Saying Hello Matters, by Akaya Windwood Part 2: The Practice of Happiness (or, How You Can Get Some) 7. This Is Your Life—Show Up for It Mindfully, by Matthieu Ricard 8. Give Yourself a Break: Take a Tech Sabbath, by Erika Kosina 9. Kick Your Addictions, Return to Intimacy, by Dan Mahle 10. Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love, by Roman Krznaric 11. Follow Your Calling (Even When It Scares You), by Shannon Hayes 12. Share Meals with Loved Ones, by Katherine Gustafson 13. Choose Gratitude, by Jeremy Adam Smith Part 3: Sustainable Happiness and the Beloved Community 14. The Story of Your Gift, by Puanani Burgess 15. Heal, Don't Punish, by Fania Davis 16. The Hidden Treasures in Your Neighborhood, by John McKnight and Peter Block 17. How to Design Your Neighborhood for Happiness, by Jay Walljasper 18. Lessons in Gratitude from a Pay-It-Forward Restaurant, by Pavithra Mehta 19. Everything I Need to Know about Happiness, I Learned in the Forest, by Vandana Shiva Conclusion: Ten Ways Sustainable Happiness Can Change the World

Editorial Reviews

The staff at Yes! magazine, and its cofounder van Gelder take issue with the belief that more stuff equals greater happiness and here propose a model that nurtures community, a sense of gratitude, and the environment. After making their case, the authors present ways of promoting well-being that include sharing expensive tools, taking a break from technology, and being a good neighbor. They also focus on improving oneself with such behaviors as being mindful of the present, kicking addictions, spending time with loved ones, and simply saying "hello" to people normally taken for granted. VERDICT Akin to Conari Press's Random Acts of Kindness , this work offers more depth as to why the gentler, simple way is better for everyone. (Library Journal Booksmack!) “I love this beautiful compilation of voices reminding us that happiness isn’t something we ‘find.’ It’s what we become as we align our lives with a thriving community and life-giving earth.” —Frances Moore Lappé, cofounder of the Small Planet Institute and author of eighteen books “What makes Sustainable Happiness such an important collection is the book’s practicality. It helps readers understand ways they can make things better for themselves and their communities starting this very minute.” —David Brancaccio, Host, American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report , and Co–Executive Producer, Fixing the Future “Somehow a working planet, a thriving society, and a satisfying personal life are hitched together—and this fine volume offers some powerful clues on the search for those connections!” —Bill McKibben, cofounder of 350.org and author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet “I read this book with both sadness and gladness. Sadness to realize how far astray global culture has led us from the true sources of happiness, and gladness that there are so many wise and practical voices gathered in one book to guide us back to lives of real fulfillment.” —Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science “A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking collection of ideas. The vital ingredients have been captured and articulated soulfully—beginning from the ‘ground’ (the right view to find happiness) to the ‘path’ (the right actions to find happiness) so that you may get the ‘fruit’ (the result: happiness). Recommended reading for everyone.” —Karma Tshiteem, Secretary, Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan “These stories of enjoyable forms of supportive local cooperation stimulated by wider individual frames of reference make concrete what ‘sustainable happiness’ means. Try it. It’s easier than you may think.” —Ralph Nader, author and public interest advocate “Everyone’s life is a balancing act in the often-difficult world. This enlightening anthology offers a trove of helpful reflection on what it really means to have and to be, reminding us that joy is there to be found.” —Mollie Katzen, chef and author of the Moosewood Cookbook “ Sustainable Happiness is a fine selection of thoughtful articles. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how we can improve the quality of all of our lives while passing on a verdant planet to our descendants. I heartily recommend this book!” —John de Graaf, author and cofounder of the Happiness Alliance “The Sustainable Happiness volume delivers inspiration for your personal journey of joy and well-being as you navigate ‘the pursuit of happiness’ in a deeply troubled world. Read this book for the wisdom it contains. It will nourish your soul.” —Parker J. Palmer, educator and author of Let Your Life Speak and A Hidden Wholeness “Finally, a book on ‘the pursuit of happiness’ that is not self-referential and small minded! Instead, it is honest, challenging, and invitational to a larger world beyond the small self. What a magnificent collection of writers and ideas!” —Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation “What the happiness movement needs now is actionable examples pointing the way for our future that are rooted in the ‘us,’ not just the ‘me.’ Sustainable Happiness is the first book to answer that call.” —Laura Musikanski, author and Executive Director, Happiness Alliance “ Sustainable Happiness offers a gentle tap on the shoulder; an invitation to return to our deeper humanity, to a place that isn't so bogged down in daily chores, minute-to-minute texts, and a brain full of clutter. I loved it! ” —Dee Williams, author and tiny house builder (cofounder of Portland Alternative Dwellings) “In Sustainable Happiness , YES! has offered us a rich buffet of facts that surprise, ideas that inspire, stories that touch our hearts, and much food for thought. And really, who doesn’t want to be happy?” —Lama Tsomo, author of the forthcoming book Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? “The wealth of Sustainable Happiness grows out of the wisdom that has guided the beautiful growth of YES! initiatives—invariably, a celebration of ordinary people setting daily examples of courageous commoning, step-by-step, with infinite patience yet a necessary sense of urgency.” —Madhu Suri Prakash, writer and educator “ Sustainable Happiness blazes a trail into the brave new world of transforming extremely materialistic development models into ones that create true prosperity and happiness and of changing consciousness. A great book!” —John Perkins, bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man “Modern society is a network of lures intended to create emotional dependencies: seduce and reduce ‘humans’’ to ‘consumers.’ Dig into Sustainable Happiness . Join the revolution of perception. Your happiness depends on it.” —Makana, musician, composer, and activist