The Art of Frugal Hedonism

Rozie Apps | Friday, 17th March 2017
A funny and engaging book that will help you create a happier and healthier lifestyle, that is frugal with money but abundant in pleasure.
Author: Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb
Publisher: Melliodora
Publication year: 2016
RRP: £17.95

This is a life changing book. It is an essential guide for anyone seeking a happier life. The authors, Annie and Adam share their stories and ideas that have created their happy lifestyles whilst minimising spending.

Our current world encourages us to buy, buy, buy, giving the illusion this will bring happiness. But when you get down to real happiness, is it really those beautiful but expensive shoes (that you’ll only wear a few times) that make you happy, or those moments exploring your neighbourhood, meeting new people, experiencing an amazing adventure with loved ones?

This is what The Art of Frugal Hedonism does. It shows us that we can all lead happy lives without spending money and even saving it. One of my favourite chapters is ‘Recalibrate your sense’. “Recalibrate is an incredibly useful word for the Frugal Hedonist, particularly because all of us have at one time or another experienced shifts in what we receive as pleasurable.” And they don’t mean you have to go without to get the enjoyment. “An icy cold beer with a friend tastes four times as good after a gratifyingly sweaty day of working in the garden,” is the perfect example.

I also found the chapter ‘Have a lot of things you want to do with your freedom’ another vital tool for happiness. ‘By consuming less, we have more money to spend on what we want to do. By consuming less, we have the option of doing less paid work, which gives us more time to do what we really want. And to top it off, you can do both of these things (having time and money)... so, Cake, eating it.’

Chapters like, ‘Have less house’, ‘Indulge your curiosity’ and ‘Notice when you have enough’ have been taken onboard immediately, and I already have a bigger smile on my face, and a less stressed mind.

I urge everyone to read this funny, engaging and crucial toolkit, so that you all may feel happier, more engaged with your lives, whilst saving money.

Rozie Apps is assistant editor at PM

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