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Happiness Experiment No 35: become an essentialist

Do you believe you can have it all and do it all?  I know I did until I read about Greg McKeown’s theory of essentialism.  So what is essentialism? Basically it is about facing tough decisions about what really matters to you and focusing on the few things that really count.  Essentialism is about getting really clear about what you are willing to say yes to and what you willing to say no to. Greg McKeown describes this theory as the disciplined pursuit of less but better.  If you are in the habit of spreading yourself too thinly Happiness Experiment No 35 of learning to become an essentialist could lead to a liberating approach to what matters in your life.  Give it a try and let me know how you get on.

Greg McKeown: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 6th April 2015

Less is more: a week of living below the poverty line

This week in support of my husband, and possibly against my better judgement, I decided to spend  5 days living below the poverty line spending just £1 per day on all food and drink.  This challenge to Live below the line has been set up to to support many UK and international charities who focus on helping to make a real change in the lives of the 1.4 billion people, both here and around the world, who are currently living in extreme poverty. I became aware of and hugely inspired by the blog: A Girl Called Jack and decided to take up the challenge for just 5 days.Take a look at Hugh Jackman’s invitation to take up the challenge:

I chose to spend the week living below the line in order to support the work of Progressio, an international development charity which my husband is proud to work for.  There was a part of me which felt that this was a bit of an exercise in “playing at being poor” à la Marie-Antoinette who famously said about… Read the rest...