Weekend Reads


Over the years of pursuing minimalism and interacting with simple living advocates, I have come to recognize the simplicity/minimalism niche to be among the most friendly, encouraging, and helpful around. There is a genuine understanding that any promotion of simplicity is good for society—and there is little concern about who gets the credit for it.

It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful group of people. I enjoy the opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more life by owning less stuff. So please, fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging words about finding more simplicity in your life today.

A Nerd’s Guide to Success and Happiness | Nerd Fitness by Steve Kamb. We oftentimes tie our happiness to our success on what we don’t have. Are we deluding ourselves by interlocking the two?

Why the Minimalists Do What They Do | Raptitude by David Cain. When we’re faced with a number of options, we’re always going to assume that one of them is better than all the rest.

A Surprising Way to Become More Generous | Storyline by Allison Vesterfelt. Give. Receive. And give some more.

Why Wanting Expensive Things Makes Us So Much Happier Than Buying Them | The Atlantic by Derek Thompson. Once again, it would seem that experiences make us happier than stuff—even in the act of buying.

Just the Scent of Money Is Corrupting | CNBC by Mark Koba. The study found that participants who were merely exposed to the concept of a monetary gain were more likely to demonstrate unethical intentions, decisions, and behavior.

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Joshua Becker

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  1. says

    I’d be interested to know your personal thoughts on that last article, or rather why you are posting it. People assign significance based on their personal experiences. We all have choices to make regarding money, and we are responsible for our decisions. Isn’t money actually neutral?

    • joshua becker says

      Happy to expand Rachel. Thanks for asking.

      There is an old saying from the Bible that goes like this, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered and pierced themselves with many griefs.” I find the article/research supports this claim.

      I’ve actually written often on the corrupting nature of money (http://bit.ly/1bHfhJ7). To be clear, I am certainly not against receiving an honest wage for an honest day’s work. But I do feel it is important to remind ourselves often of the corrupting nature of money as an opportunity to check our motivations.

  2. Paula says

    Great posts! I always look forward to the “Weekend Reads” and end up adding a good blog to read to my list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    Thanks for this post. Nerd Fitness is bound to become a new favourite blog of mine!

    I always enjoy reading your blog, and look forward to more of your Weekend Reads.

  4. Aaron says

    I love the Weekend Reads! I always keep this email in my inbox all week and slowly chip away at reading them all. Your original content of course if great too…but these are just nice bits to read until a new post is published.

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