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Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes
the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life. Graham Hill is the founder of
TreeHugger.com; he travels the world to tell the story of sustainability, and tweets at @GHill.

① Before watching the talk, work out the following words:

familiar things = something that you know / you don’t know ?


environmental footprint =
to experience = to feel
possession = something that you already have / something that you buy ?
approach =
to change life ruthlessly = to be careful / to change everything ?
majority of time = 1/3 or 2/3 of time ?
benefits = advantages / disadvantages ?
a bunch of days = a couple of days

② While watching the talk, mark the following statements True or False:

A. Americans have about four times the amount of space they did 50 years ago.

B. Although Americans have a credit card debt and huge environmental footprints, they surprisingly
feel happier nowadays.

C. Less stuff and less space will not make your life easier, but it’s a good approach to life.

D. Graham Hill designed his house around his favorite things.

E. The first approach is to throw away things which you no longer need.

F. Multifunctional spaces cost less.

G. The designer recommends changing our lives by throwing away unnecessary things and using
smaller, smarter furniture.

https://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness.html