More time and less stuff can increase well-being
Traditionally, measures for sustainable consumption have focused on efficiency and moving towards consumption of more sustainable goods. However, our research shows that there are other paths where sufficiency is in focus, which means reduced material consumption for people with relatively high incomes coupled with a reinterpretation of what we humans need for a good life. Our studies show that a reduced focus on consumption and material things and greater focus on social relationships can lead to increased well-being. One tool for promoting sufficiency is through shortening working hours.
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