Slow is Beautiful

New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre

Money doesn’t make us happier, and we don’t have a clue how to exit from the Fast Lane. This book analyzes the forces stamping the joy from our existence and offers hope-raising strategies for recapturing leisure, happiness and community in our lives.

By: Cecile Andrews

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Speed kills—slow saves: how we can recapture a life of joy, leisure, community, and well-being.

We’re hammered, we’re slammed, we’re out of control. Happiness is on the decline in the most affluent country in the world and Americans are troubled by the destructiveness of a lifestyle devoted to money and status. Yet no-one seems to have a clue how to exit from the Fast Lane…

Slow Is Beautiful analyzes the subtle consumer, political and corporate forces stamping the joy from our existence and provides a vision of a more fulfilling life through the rediscovery of caring community, unhurried leisure, and life affirming joie de vivre. The book discusses:

  • the frantic time poverty plaguing everyone-a poverty that is being challenged by the growing Slow Life movement whose message is reverberating around the world
  • the need to build a culture of connection with both people and the planet by challenging the consumer society and recreating vibrant life in our local communities
  • the creation of a different experience of time where we live life in slower, more reflective ways, savoring our lives and recapturing exuberance and laughter.

Offering inspiration and concrete ideas, Slow Is Beautiful will appeal to a broad audience of Baby Boomers nearing retirement, harried professionals with a social conscience, the one-time “middle class,” and 20-30-somethings who are now facing the sobering realities of constricted choices.

About The Author(s)

Cecile Andrews is a community educator focusing on voluntary simplicity, “take back your time,” the “Sharing Economy,” and Pursuit of Happiness Conversation Circles. She is the author of Slow is BeautifulCircle of Simplicity and co-author of Less is More. She and her husband are founders of Seattle’s Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community.

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Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865715547

Page Count: 256

Dimensions: 6 × 9 × 0.7 in

Publication Date: October 01, 2006

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