Personal Peace through Frugality? Why Less May Be More

In his recent book, “The Wisdom of Frugality,” author Emerys Westacott explores the history of philosophers and their motivations for living a simpler, more frugal lifestyle. In addition, Westcott dives into the psychological underpinnings that may lie behind those decisions. In the current era of “conspicuous consumption”—a phrase made famous by American sociologist Thornstein Veblen—we […]

Happiness a New, Old Idea

Happiness is a sought after goal by many people, but it remains more elusive than ever, it seems. Americans in particular have become wealthier—generally speaking—live longer lives than our historical antecedents, and do not—again, generally speaking—have to worry about material survival. That said, however, according to Richard Layard, author of “Happiness: Lessons from a New […]