You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too

By Tammy Strobel

New World Library, Paperback, 9781608680832, 209pp.

Publication Date: September 2012


Once, Tammy Strobel and her husband were living a normal middle-class lifestyle: driving two cars, commuting long distances, and living well beyond their means. Now they are living the voluntary downsizing — or smart-sizing — dream. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.

About the Author
Tammy Strobel is a writer, tiny house enthusiast, and coffee addict. She created her blog,, in late 2007 to improve her writing and to share her story. Her story has been featured by the New York Times, USA Today, the Today show, CNN, MSNBC, and a variety of other media outlets. Tammy spends her free time taking photos, volunteering, and hanging out with friends and family. She currently lives in a very tiny house in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Logan, and two cats.

Praise For You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

What do you need to be happy? It’s a lot less than you might expect. Read this book and prepare for change!”
Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup

One of the most important books you’ll read. If put into action, it will change lives.”
Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less

This inspirational guide to creating a life of simple contentment is packed with real-life stories and practical tips for finding happiness. It’s thoughtful and engaging, a road map to a postconsumer world. I loved it.”
J. D. Roth, editor of the blog Get Rich Slowly

You will immediately connect with Tammy Strobel’s transparent and vulnerable storytelling. As a result, you will be challenged deeply by her discoveries about money, possessions, and happiness.”
Joshua Becker, writer of the blog Becoming Minimalist

Tammy Strobel’s new book should resonate with millions of Americans. She has articulated what has become a movement in these changing times: simplification of our lives, less stuff, smaller living spaces.”
Lloyd Kahn, author of Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

This powerful book reminds all of us that happiness is a choice and that when you choose time over money and people over stuff, happiness awaits.”
Courtney Carver, blogger and author of Simple Ways to Be More with Less

This cheerful handbook offers the emotional and practical lessons Strobel learned while radically downsizing her living space, disposing of most of her possessions, and simplifying her lifestyle....Although her personal choices may seem extreme, the environmental politics and magnitude of change Strobel asks of her reader is distinctly moderate, making this a practical book even for those who only want to live a little bit lighter.”
Publishers Weekly