Abundance & Well-Being: stuffocation

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb

Here’s what I’m currently reading—

Is clearing clutter the path to happiness? Is too much stuff causing stress and getting in the way of your serenity? Would prioritizing experiences over stuff add more meaning to your life?

As someone who halved her square footage and got rid of more than half of what I owned, my answer to these three questions is Yes, Yes, and Yes.

Which is why I’m excited to read Stuffocation: Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever.

Experientialism does not mean giving up all our possessions, but it does mean getting over our obsession with them, and transforming what we value. We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Rather than a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends.

Stuffocation has been called a manifesto to live more with less.

When I work with someone who’s intentionally designing her next chapter, simplifying is often part of the conversation. Wanting less stuff and less stress. Wanting more time and more space.

Many of my clients are rebelling against the status quo of acquiring more and keeping up with the Joneses at the expense of meaning and what matters most.

Stuffocation—and the experience revolution it hopes to give rise to—promises less stress, more time with family and friends, happier and healthier lives, more enjoyable work, and more time for things that really matter.

I’m all for this notion of experiences over stuff. What about you? What would your life be like if you spent less time and money on stuff and more on experiences instead?

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