A Minimalist Life is a beginnerÆs handbook to minimalism. It teaches readers that minimalism is not just a series of actions but also a total mindset shift. It recognizes that modern day abundance has not increased our level of happiness--in fact we are less happy than generations before despite having more--and it argues that embracing less will allow us to live more fully. The author gives us the tools to achieve this complete life-changing mental shift, teaching us how to search for items and thoughts that add value to our lives and how to get rid of non-essential physical and mental clutter. The holistic book marries minimalist philosophy with practical tips, activities, and action points, such as crafting a minimalist budget, reducing possessions, decluttering space, and clearing the mind of negative emotions.