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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less Review and Giveaway

As a Chicken Soup for the Soul blogger, I've reviewed my fair share of Chicken Soup books. We have here one that hit home a little closer than many others recently. I don't mean to downplay the others, as mom and the dogs/cats are important, too, but in these days of what feels like he who has the most toys when they dies win... This books presents an alternative way at approaching life where you don't have to be constantly trying to accumulate more stuff.

As a blogger and Amazon reviewer, I'm practically asked to review / write about different items daily. While it tends to go in streaks, I'm sure the UPS driver or the Amazon delivery person must wonder what is going on sometimes. My wife doesn't want to end up on an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive. I think you get the picture.

Well, this book reminds us that we don't have to live in a constantly accumulating lifestyle. With TV shows like Tiny Houses and micro-apartments now popular in many cities, many people just don't have the space for that much stuff. And, even if you have the space, you don't want to feel boxed in with too much stuff, either. Also, it isn't just about too much stuff in our lives, but also too many activities planned, too.

The Joy of Less book presents the typical 101 stories for a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. It reminds us that is it okay to say no without feeling guilty. With spring here, it is a reminder to declutter while you're spring cleaning. You don't have to move to the backwoods of Alaska to simplify your lives. There is lots you can do staying in place, too. Craig's List is a great way to unload the excess baggage. Ebay, too. Look for a local Freecycling exchange, too. Or, just find a local charity that accepts whatever you have. Even just signoff from Facebook for a couple days if you feel addicted. The book shows you stories of how people survived their journey to simplicity with these and other stories.

The different sections are:
  • The Freedom of Less
  • The Joy of No
  • All You Need Is Less
  • Joyfully Unplugged
  • The Joy of Sharing
  • Less Is So Much More
  • Joy on the Road
  • Count Your Blessings
  • The Joy of Staring Over
  • Lessons in Less

So, if you see any stuff on eBay or elsewhere from me... I'm still sitting on many, though not all, of the last dozen or so mobile phones we've had for instance. I even have one with Russian menus that I picked up overseas. I need to spend a good day or two just listing stuff on eBay and hoping that it sells. We've already donated a ton of stuff to Cradles to Crayons, a local children's charity that I've volunteered at.

Want to win a copy of the book for yourself? We're giving away three copies. Open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18+, the giveaway is open through 6/11/16 at 11:59pm EDT.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


  1. There are few things I could with less of--shoes is a big one. I could do with less yarn (as I knit) but then again I usually give my end projects as gifts.

    1. I have felt like simplifying would alleviate problems in our lives for so long. I am trying to do that now. I woyld live to read these stories!

    2. I have felt like simplifying would alleviate problems in our lives for so long. I am trying to do that now. I woyld live to read these stories!

  2. I like the Chicken Soup for the Soul Cat Food the most. My little kitty loves it!

  3. I could use less underwear! Lol

  4. I could use less electronics, less time spent on them.
    Wendy c g

  5. I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons book.

  6. My favourite Chicken Soup Book is Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas.

  7. I like Chicken soup for Recovering from Traumatic Brain INjury

  8. I have so many things---just things---that I could do without.

  9. It would be great to win a copy of
    Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less.
    In response to your questions of
    What is something you can do with less of?
    Or What is your favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul book?
    I can do with less drama in my life
    and my favourite Chicken Soup for the Soul book is
    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven: 101 Stories of Eternal Love, Powerful Connections,
    and Divine Signs from Beyond
    by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  10. Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good Very Bad Dog

  11. I could do with less them!~

  12. i want to get the miracles happen book.

  13. I need to get rid of some of my books.

  14. The figurines - knick knacks - that is what i definitely would benefit from having less of.

  15. I would like to read the Hope and Miracles. Thank you


  16. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice 20th Anniversary Edition: The Chicken Soup for the Soul Stories that Changed Your Lives
    Lisa Vanhook

  17. Mine was raising good kids, or something like that!

  18. My favorite Chicken Soup For The Soul book is My Very Good, Very Bad cat.

  19. Mine was chicken soup for the caregivers soul

  20. I could do with less paperwork. Less paper would be nice!

  21. I could do with less stuff that I haven't used. Old gadgets!

  22. I love Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul!