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By John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor

ISBN-10: 1609949285

ISBN-13: 9781609949280

Author note: ahead by way of Annie Leonard

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

We attempted to alert you! The 2008 fiscal cave in proved how resilient and hazardous affluenza could be. Now in its 3rd version, this publication can accurately be known as prophetic in displaying how difficulties starting from loneliness, never-ending operating hours, and family members clash to emerging debt, environmental pollutants, and rampant commercialism are all signs of this international plague.

The new edition lines the function overconsumption performed within the nice Recession, discusses new how one can degree social health and wellbeing and good fortune (such because the Gross household Happiness index), and gives coverage options to make our society extra simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to forestall buying—it’s to recollect, continually, that the simplest issues in lifestyles aren’t issues.

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Asked one of the ladies from Dallas at Potomac Mills, only half in jest. “I came here with one overriding interest, to spend money,” said a proud teenage girl, who was getting rid of the hundred dollars her mother had given her for this particular spree. “I like to shop,” she explained. She’s not alone. 6 An older couple passed by with a shopping cart piled to the brim. “This is only half of what we’ve purchased,” the man said cheerfully. ” But Potomac Mills is a mere mini-mall compared to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In fact, there seems to be some pretty strong evidence that Americans are working more than they did a generation ago. Using Labor Department statistics, the Harvard economist Juliet Schor found that on average, American workers were toiling 160 hours—four full workweeks— more in 1991 than they did in 1969. “It’s not only the people in the higher-income groups—who, by the way, have been working much longer hours,” Schor said. “It’s also the middle classes, the lower classes, and the poor. ” 3 Indeed, according to the International Labor Organization, in October 1999 the United States passed Japan as the modern industrial country with the longest working hours.

19 Lianne, a department store publicist in New York City, is a problem shopper. Every year, she uses her employee discount to rack up more than $20,000 in clothing and accessories. She finally suspected she might be addicted when she broke up with her boyfriend and moved her stuff out of his apartment. “Some women tend to shop a lot because they live out of two apartments, theirs and their boyfriend’s,” she explains. “You never look at your wardrobe as one wardrobe. ” 20 Addiction to stuff is not easily understood.

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