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The Swedes know the secret to happiness: You are not your stuff

By Michael J. Coren

01 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. The article discusses the concept of Swedish "death cleaning," a process of decluttering and reevaluating one's relationship with material possessions. The process is not just about getting rid of things, but about understanding the emotional attachment to possessions and focusing on items that bring happiness.

When my mom died last year, she left a will - unlike more than half of Americans. It was a small mercy because we could deal with our grief without lawyers or probate courts.

Her belongings were another matter.

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