How To Be Sad with Helen Russell

Season 3 #7 Joshua Becker

November 3, 2021

Today’s guest is Joshua Becker – author, philanthropist, pastor and minimalist.  After a personal epiphany, Becker found that when he began owning less, he had more time. He also had more focus, less stress, fewer distractions and more freedom. Because, he says, ‘every added possession increases the worry in our lives.’ Today, he has two million followers at Becoming Minimalist; he’s the author of five bestselling books; and he’s here today to share his insights about how to be sad, well – and live with less. 


Here, we talk:

  • unhelpful motivations (& sibling rivalry)
  • the misconceptions about minimalism
  • Joshua vs TV
  • The Hope Effect
  • Restoring sanity to gift giving
  • Decluttering our goals and habits


Follow Joshua on Instagram or Twitter @joshua_becker, visit and

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The book, How To Be Sad is out now in North America and the UK.

Thanks to Joel Grove for production and Matt Clacher at HarperCollins. If you enjoy the show, do leave a review – it really helps us to be able to make more podcasts.

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