Slow living

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Slow living (sometimes capitalized "Slow Living") is a lifestyle choice. Authors Beth Meredith and Eric Storm summarize slow living as follows:

Slow Living means structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment. Similar to "voluntary simplicity" and "downshifting," it emphasizes a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of your life. ... Slow Living addresses the desire to lead a more balanced life and to pursue a more holistic sense of well-being in the fullest sense of the word.[1]

Other authors have emphasized various aspects of Slow Living:

Focusing on the quality of experiences you create versus the quantity of stuff you consume, is what slow living is about. It’s about making your lives better, not bigger. ... Instead of framing it as living with less, slow living focuses on the positive aspects of savoring more.[2]

Slow living is about fully engaging with experiences. It’s about living your life instead of racing through it. Slow living doesn’t necessarily mean doing things more slowly; it means taking the right amount of time to do something.[3][4]

The key to Slow Living is an emphasis on balance, reflection, and deliberation. The more time available for reflecting and assessing, the more fully we can commit to developing our ideas and practices.[5]

For many advocates of slow living, it is about living better in a fast world. It is not necessarily about dragging the world backwards. For others, however, slow living comprises a wide ranging cultural revolution that challenges many of the notions that underpin our consumption patterns, industrialization or advanced capitalism. ... On a general level, slow living might involve improving the quality of life by merely slowing down the pace of living.[6]

Jason Drebitko, a US-based business development consultant and former CEO of fine furniture, pottery and home accessory maker, ShackletonThomas, has defined slow living as both a lifestyle and consumer behavior philosophy. Drebitko notes that Slow Living from the perspective of consumer behavior, translates across product categories into purchasing decisions based on a common set of brand attributes/values emphasizing quality rather than quantity, authenticity, environmental and social responsibility.[7]

Accoring to the Deccan Herald, "The term ‘slow living’ was popularized when Carlo Petrini protested against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna in Rome in 1986. This reaction against fast food sparked the creation of the Slow Food movement. Over time, this developed into other areas, such as Cittaslow (Slow Cities), Slow Living, Slow Travel, and Slow Design. Geir Berthelsen and his creation of The World Institute of Slowness presented a vision in 1999 for an entire ‘Slow Planet’ and a need to teach the world the way of ‘slow’."[8]

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  1. ^ Meredith, Beth and Storm, Eric. "Slow Living - Learning to Savor and Fully Engage with Life". 2009. Retrieved 2011-3-20.
  2. ^ The Slow Way to the Good Life, Prerna Singh Butalia, January 2016, Better Homes and Gardens India
  3. ^ The Art Of Slow: A Guide To Unhurried Living, July 24 2013,, Retrieved 2016-1-20.
  4. ^ Slow Living Is Healthy Living, Michael Finkelstein, MD, 11/24/2014, The Huffington Post,, Retrieved 2016-1-20.
  5. ^ In Praise of Slow: Challenging the Cult of Speed, Carl Honoré, 2004, HarperOne,
  6. ^ Slow is the Keyword, Colin Todhunter, Feb 9, 2014, Deccan Herald,, Retrieved 2016-1-20.
  7. ^ Drebitko, Jason "Slow Living - Sourcebook for an Authentic Lifestyle". 2010. Retrieved 2012-4-25.
  8. ^ Slow is the Keyword, Colin Todhunter, Feb 9, 2014, Deccan Herald,, Retrieved 1/20/2016.

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