For years, we've worked very hard, skipped vacations, and for a distraction, gone shopping to make sure we had the latest gadgets, CDs, DVDs, and books.

Now global wizards who keep track of such things are saying we should change course and not work so many hours. They think we would be less frazzled if we took more relaxing trips. And we ought to make shopping into a different experience, limiting accumulation and upgrading.

In this creatively designed full-color hardcover, Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst, creative directors of Flow magazine, enchant us with their ideas for adding more imagination and pleasure to our lives while adding less stuff. They give tips for organizing and decluttering and, most important, for figuring out what is really important to you. The pages invite you to make notes and lists; there are even built-in little journals.

Our favorite pages were the interludes inviting readers to savor little pleasures like holding hands, the silence after a snowfall, a day spent at the museum, or getting your desk organized. This is one of those books you can open at any place and discover more possibilities. What Smit and Van Der Hulst are really asking us to do is to reframe our perspective and see our daily life and surroundings in a new light.