Fascinating article in the NY Times about how downsizing your lifestyle, getting off the crazy-busy hamster wheel, even shedding possessions until you have only 100 items, can make you much happier.
B and I noticed one major "invisible" difference between our Haitilife and our Dallaslife this past summer. Even with gorgeous spa-like hot showers, non-bed-bug-infested furniture, and every delicious meal I could find space to stuff in my belly, I felt frantic and frazzled for most of this summer.
Why? I think the slow Haiti lifestyle has seeped into us, filled up the cracks, and made us love reading for 3 hours a night. Love going to bed at 9:30. Love having a quiet, electronic-stimulation-free (read: electricity not on haha) evening. Love having no commute, no driving except once or twice a week riding in someone else's car.
Even with every convenience, pleasure, or entertainment, we were excited to leave the frazzled and go back to the slow (sometimes painfully, frustratingly, pull-your-hair-out slow).