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The Art of Living Simply

The Art of Living Simply Shunmyo Masuno

In The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy, Shunmyo Masuno teaches us how little things — like lining up your shoes after you take them off, spending time barefoot, and putting your fork down after every bite — can have a big effect on your state of mind. Rather, he says, than seek out extraordinary experiences — the proverbial bucket list — he shows us that happiness can be found in the ordinary: “Just subtle shifts in your habits and perspective. That’s all you need to live simply.”

In one hundred short chapters, The Art of Simple Living contains one hundred lessons — one a day for 100 days — each accompanied by a minimalist line drawing. Shunmyo Masuno distills centuries of Zen wisdom into practical advice adapted for contemporary life. Here are just a handful of tips.