Reading Confronting Consumption, edited by Thomas Princen, Micahel Maniates and Ken Conca. This book talks about how our culture relates to happiness in terms of consumption and the "voluntary simplicity movement," which involves living more environmentally sustainable and ecologically conscious lifestyles. She picked up this book because she's interested in a simpler life, that is, not being manipulated by media and buying into the mainstream ideas of what fulfillment is as well as unlearning, or, rather, attempting to unlearn, consumptive patterns she was raised with. Recently she read Mindfulness, by Dr. Ellen Langer.