Book cover of 'Goodbye, Things'

Goodbye, Things

#books / non-fiction · 5/5

One of my favorite books from the past years. A wonderful read for anyone who's feeling weighed down by their material possessions.

By Fumio Sasaki


It was all the things I didn’t have that were standing between me and my happiness. That’s the way my mind used to work.

Some of our unhappiness is simply due to the burden of all our things.

Once we have extra storage space, we inevitably start to store extra things.

It’s actually open space, left empty, that gives us peace of mind.

Think of stores as your personal warehouses, and the city as our personal floor plan.

If you lost it, would you buy it again?

It’s experience that builds our unique characteristics, not material objects.

You’ll feel a much richer sense of contentment by building your experiences rather than buying items, because your experiences resist comparison with others’.

The experiences you gain through your actions can never be taken away from you.

The secret to a happy marriage is to simply talk a lot with your partner.

Happiness is only real when shared.

The happier people are, the longer they’ll live.

When you reduce the number of things you own, you can devote more time and energy to your interpersonal relationships.

You won’t need to depend on your possessions for happiness because we’re already equipped with systems that let us feel happy simply by connecting with the people around us.

Anyone who believes that they have the ability to experience the future will pay little attention to the present.

If you really want to change something, the only way to do it is to start changing this very moment.

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