This book explores ideas around minimalism, simplicity and how to live comfortably with less.
We live in a complicated, frenzied, and noisy world, filled with too much information, too many products, ideas, and opinions. As a result, many of us long for simplicity: a pared down, more peaceful, and less cluttered life.
This book is a guide to the simpler lives we crave and deserve. In it, we learn about Zen Buddhism, modernist architecture, monasteries, psychoanalysis, and why three good friends and a few treasured belongings are enough.
Taking a psychological approach, the book also guides us toward inner simplicity. For too long we've been drowning in excess, clutter, and confusion. A Simpler Life helps us tune out the static and focus on what really matters.
- DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE practical ways to get rid of physical and psychological clutter.
- HOW TO BE DIRECT advice on adopting a simpler, more straight-forward mindset.
- THE APPEAL OF MINIMALISM looks at why more of us are drawn to a pared down existence.
- HOW TO SIMPLIFY everything from relationships, social life, lifestyle, and work.
***What Readers are saying:***
"A perfect meditation on a simpler life. I absolutely love this book. The perfect manifesto for streamlining the clutter exist in most of our lives. I highly recommend." – NetGalley review
"An interesting and thoughtful book that breaks down different aspects of life and how to simplify [it]." – NetGalley review
"If you feel overwhelmed, then you will find solace with this book." – NetGalley review
"Readers searching for recommendations for simplifying their lives will find food for thought in this [book]." – NetGalley review
"I enjoyed this well written book about improving the quality of life and creating a more peaceful existence by simplifying some areas ... The book in itself is simply laid out, with short, concise chapters and lends itself well to the reduction of our carbon footprint and re-focusing in a stressful world." – NetGalley review
"This book is my favourite to date. Every chapter made me stop and pause. Thank you, The School of Life, for your work. It's inspirational." – NetGalley review
"A well written and thoughtful book. Short chapters that can be read and understood with ideas that you are able to put into practice." – NetGalley review
"An enjoyable read that prompts self-exploration and personal growth." – NetGalley review
"Packed full of information, this book is written in easy to read, straightforward language that gets to the point quickly without waffle." – NetGalley review
"What an excellent book on both the absurdness of modernity as well as the value of living with intention and simplicity. Give this a read and you surely won't be disappointed that you did." – NetGalley review
"As we come out of a global pandemic and are pulled back into a busy life [with] work [and] family commitments, this book is great to dip in and out of to remind us of how to slow down, what is important and isn't." – NetGalley review
"A superb and timely overview on how to lead a simple life. I particularly enjoyed dipping in and out of this guide. As someone whose word for 2022 is 'simplify', I found the advice and philosophy on these pages fascinating and useful in trying to resist the onward march of consumerism and the 'must haves' in our modern world. Recommend for anyone wanting to switch off and reconfigure what's important in their life." – NetGalley review
"A wonderful book exemplifying the virtues of living a simpler life. Just reading this book was so calming and motivational to tweak areas in my own life that could benefit from more simplicity. This book would be a lovely gift and the cover is gorgeous too. The perfect book to curl up under a blanket with a pot of tea and meander a Sunday afternoon away with." – NetGalley review
"I love The School of Life books and this one is amongst the best as it's full of food for thought. I think we all want a simpler life and this book was useful to help me reflect." – NetGalley review
"A thought-provoking read to help you live a simpler life. Sometimes we don't realise how we complicate our lives and this book will help you disentangle what you can change and what you have to accept. A book you will return to again and again." – NetGalley review