The book Affluenza: How Overconsumption is Killing Us emerged in the shadow of the 2008 economic crisis and it seems like now will be a good time to turn to its wisdom once again.
The authors John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas Naylor want you to know that consumption isn’t our friend when it’s not linked to our well-being.
The Cost Of Consumption
The first part of the book lays out the cost of overconsumption to us as individuals.
It touches on how it drives us to work too many hours, to get into to debt, which leaves us lonely and often in conflict with our families.
And then it looks at the bigger picture and the environmental costs of this.
A Recipe For Change
But don’t worry this isn’t a book that is going to nag you into change – it offers a simple and positive recipe to improve your life.
At no point, will the authors urge you to stop spending money, they will just help you put your consumption into context with your life.
The Best Things In Life
Then you can ask if the best things in life are those you buy or those that you already have?
Everyone should read this book if they want to be happier and treat the planet better.
You can find Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back by John De Graaaf et al online.
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