26 Apr '11, 1pm

Simpler Living May Make Us Happier, But Happiness is Not Enough

This might be the best thing I have read in a long, long time. Pat Kane over at The Guardian has been thinking a lot about the connection between consumerism, sustainability, happiness and novelty. Noting—as we often do in posts like this one about living simply as an alternative American Dream —that a move away from blind consumption might just make us happier, he goes on to argue that happiness is not enough. Our tendency for rampant consumption comes not just from some suicidal urge, he argues, but from a need for novelty and stimulation that is just as deep seated as our desire for connection or purpose.

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