Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Usand How to Fight Back

By David Wann

NEW variation, REVISED AND UPDATED

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted of overload, debt, anxiousness, and waste as a result of the dogged pursuit of more.

We attempted to provide you with a warning! The 2008 monetary cave in proved how resilient and unsafe affluenza could be. Now in its 3rd variation, this booklet can correctly be known as prophetic in exhibiting how difficulties starting from loneliness, never-ending operating hours, and kin clash to emerging debt, environmental toxins, and rampant commercialism are all signs of this international plague.

The new version lines the function overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how one can degree social wellbeing and fitness and good fortune (such because the Gross household Happiness index), and provides coverage ideas to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn't really to prevent buying—it's to recollect, continually, that the simplest issues in lifestyles should not things.

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