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    Book review- Stuffocation

    Stuffocation: Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever
    Book by James Wallman
    Critics are saying Stuffocation is:
    superb, timely, funny, and incisive persuasive, passionate, reasoned, and engaging compelling, inspiring, scintillating, and fascinating great fun to read, packed with entertaining titbits, and thought-provoking. In the book, trend forecaster James Wallman reveals the world’s growing sense of Stuffocation — and how we can move away from it. We have more stuff than we could ever need – clothes we don’t wear, kit we don’t use and toys we don’t play with.
    But having everything we thought we wanted isn’t making us happier. It’s bad for the planet. It’s cluttering up our homes. It’s making us feel ‘Stuffocated’ and stressed – and it might even be killing us. In Stuffocation, James Wallman traces our obsession with stuff back to the original Mad Men who first created desire through advertising. He interviews anthropologists studying the clutter crisis, economists searching for new ways of measuring progress, and psychologists who link rampant materialism to declining wellbeing. And he introduces us to the innovators who are turning their backs on all-you-can-get consumption, and trading in materialism for “experientialism” – where they find more happiness, live more meaningful lives, and express status more successfully, through experiences rather than stuff.
    Experientialism does not mean giving up all our possessions, but it does mean getting over our obsession with them, and transforming what we value. We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Rather than a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends. With intriguing insights on psychology, economics and culture, Stuffocation is a vital manifesto for change. It has inspired those who have read it to be happier and healthier and to live more with less.
    Press reviews
    “Compelling” — Daily Telegraph
    “Particularly timely … [Wallman] is spot on” — Daily Mail
    “Persuasive… clever” — Financial Times
    “Incisive, passionate, persuasive… Wallman writes in an engaging, fluid style” — The Sunday Business Post
    “The revelations come fast and furious… Tart and often funny… erudite… an eye-opener… A scintillating read that will provoke conversation”— Booklist
    “Like The Tipping Point meets Freakonomics – but with a huge idea at its heart. Fascinating, inspiring, and great fun to read.” — Laura Atkinson, Sunday Times
    “Wallman perceives a new flowering of resistance to the siren lure of physical commodities” — Guardian
    “Experientialism, as Wallman calls it, will define our future just as materialism has shaped our present” — Observer
    “Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Achieving happiness through consciously chucking out or flogging off what we no longer need … If I can purge my wardrobe of half its contents, then I will be happier, just as Mr Wallman predicts” — Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail
    “Clearly argued and contains plenty of interesting case studies” — Independent on Sunday
    “A reasoned and passionate argument for culling the clutter and plugging into the joys of experiential living” — Kirkus Reviews
    “Written in an engaging voice and packed with entertaining titbits, Stuffocation is a superb look at what makes us happy… as inspiring as it is thought-provoking and engaging” — Scotcampus
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