During nearly twenty years of research into the reasons why, amid such abundance, people seem to be less happy every year, less resilient, and more stressed, I’ve discovered something powerful: People are much happier when they are allowed to live at a comfortable human scale and pace. It is one of the benefits of living the New Leaf Lifestyle. Problem is, society isn’t structured to encourage that, and it hasn’t for over a hundred years. That is why it takes deliberate action to make it happen.
I’ve written “The New Leaf Lifestyle,” – to show you how to put into practice what society has abandoned. A brave few have rediscovered the secrets. The results will leave you energized and connected, and free you from much of the stress induced by our modern way of life.
The entertainment industry and media are madly churning out shows and articles that hit at bits and pieces of the solutions:
- Has Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of decluttering houses helped you focus on the things that truly “spark joy”?
- Has Tiny House Nation’s highlighting the joys of downsizing your space and upsizing your life inspired you?
- Has the Slow Food movement helped you rediscover the rituals of preparing and sharing good food with friends?
- Has the Simplicity movement’s focus on separating needs from wants left you yearning to learn more?
- Have you kept a Gratitude Journal and discovered a hidden well of happiness because of it?
In anticipation of “The New Leaf Lifestyle” book’s publication, I’m writing a series of New Leaf newsletters that you can download and share with your friends. There is a link at the bottom of the page.
We naturally gravitate to stories starring regular folks just like us who decided to toss aside modern society’s stressful demands to live in gorgeous natural settings and rely on the intimacy of close relationships to thrive. Well, you don’t have to hitch a tiny home to your bumper and move to Alaska to make this work. I’m doing a lot of it right now, right where I am, and as I continue to intensify my efforts to maximize my happiness through returning to that comfortable human scale and pace, I invite you to follow my adventures.
You know, G. K. Chesterton once wrote that anything worth doing is worth doing badly, so in that spirit, I know that my grand experiment of living life at a gentle human scale and pace will lead me into a bright future envisioned by some of the greatest thinkers in recent (and ancient!) history. For years, I have been piecing together what I call the golden thread of thought running through the words of writers like Fritz Schumacher, Kirkpatrick Sale, Manfred Max-Neef and David Wann. And now? Now, I am ready to put my boots on and start intensively hiking this hike. My goal is to be completely transparent with you as I detail my trials and successes in my blog posts. I can’t honestly propose for others what I’m not doing in my own life! And so for the ones who are brave enough to walk with me, I appreciate your company. I can almost see the top from here, and I think the view is going to be amazing.
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Nature contact really is the missing link holding everything else together that the minimalists, the simplifiers, the slow foodies, and all the others have noticed. But that isn’t all. Our rampant consumer culture has duped us into adopting practices that steal our joy, wear us out, and take our money as well as our peace. I want to inspire you to fight back and regain a sense of peace, joy, and connection to others.
A wise voice once said that even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat. I’m done with all of that. One step at a time, I’m going to work to regain what is mine: The right to go slow. To be small. To be happy, wild, and free. Sound good to you? Let’s do this! If you haven’t answered the call to sign up for the New Leaf Newsletter, just click the pic below.