Book Review: You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel

Cover Image of You can Buy Happiness (and it's cheap)Author: Tammy Strobel

Paperback:224 pages

Publisher: New World Library; and It’s Cheap edition (September 11, 2012)



Buy it here: Amazon

Source: Local Library


Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing — or smart-sizing — dream. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.

My Thoughts

The topics that were mentioned were insightful yet seemed like common sense.  The premise of the book is that all too often people try to fix issues with things and stuff.  However those things, and that stuff, only gives you a moment of satisfaction and then the first issue remains. We, as humans, need very few things to be happy.

This book just wasn’t for me.


“Beyond meeting our basic needs, money cannot give us any of the things that actually bring happiness — family, community, good health, good work, experience of art and nature, service to others, a sense of purpose, and spiritual insight.”
― Tammy StrobelYou Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too



About the Author


Simple living blogger Tammy Strobel is the author of the self-published Smalltopia: A Practical Guide to Working for Yourself. She lives (in a tiny house) in Portland, Oregon.


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