Stories of Simplicity

The Simplicity Institute invites you to tell your ‘story of simplicity’ for our new book.

Living simply in a consumer culture involves heading in the opposite direction to where most of society is moving. At times this can produce feelings of social isolation, so it is very important that those of us who choose to live simply both connect with each other and share our experiences. Not only does this provide support and information, it can also show the world that consumerism is not the only way to live.

The Simplicity Institute has just launched a new project called ‘Stories of Simplicity’ which aims to provide more insight into the various ways people are living simpler lives – and we’d like you to be involved. If you are currently exploring a lifestyle of reduced or restrained consumption, please consider telling your ‘story of simplicity.’ The world needs to know!

Telling your story would involve writing a short summary of your experience living simply – it might only be one page. Topics to cover could include:

  • how you came to live simply, why you live simply, and how you live simply.
  • the difficulties or delights of simple living.
  • one experience in particular that best expresses your understanding of ‘the simple life.’
  • if possible, please also send 2 or 3 photos related to your story.

Over the next few weeks and months we will be gathering as many ‘stories of simplicity’ as possible.

These stories will eventually be published on the Simplicity Institute website as a free e-book, and possibly as a not-for-profit physical book as well.  Therefore please only send material you are happy to have published.

Telling your own story can be fun, and reading other people’s stories can be affirming and uplifting. We hope that you tell your story of simplicity.

Together we can tell the story of a movement.

Please email your story and photos to

Warm regards

Samuel Alexander and Simon Ussher

Directors of the Simplicity Institute