by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas N. Naylor
The book Affluenza–The All-Consuming Epidemic, by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas N. Naylor, tops my suggested reading list. Affluenza, which was also made into a PBS documentary series, explores the American phenomenon of acquiring excessive material possessions and its effect on the physical, emotional and environmental health of individuals and society. In this succinctly insightful book, the authors show that societal ills such as stress, pollution, resource exhaustion, loneliness, debt and the disenigration of the family unit are symptoms of the “disease” Affluenza.
The authors do a wonderful job of breaking down their arguments in simple terms, really hitting home the destructive nature of excessive consumerism. They even include a diagnostic self-test to help readers determine if they are victims of Affluenza. The authors also examine the growing movement of simple and frugal living. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. ~ Christy Best, Professional Organizer