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Living life as a steady stater is all about making choices that meet our needs without compromising the needs of future generations. Steady staters are known for their conservation, thrift, and (at least in conscientious cases) ethics. Some might think that being a steady stater means leading a life of sacrifice and unfulfilled wants, but nothing could be farther from the truth. One’s happiness or satisfaction with life is not related to the quantity of material possessions owned, given access to basic needs and a modicum of conveniences. Throughout the world, researchers and citizens are coming to understand and appreciate this fact. It is altogether clear that people don’t need to consume resources wantonly to lead lives of fulfillment – in fact, one of the keys to a life of fulfillment is focusing attention elsewhere (e.g., social connections and relationships). This is a key idea in understanding the difference between economic development and (un)economic growth, as well as a critical piece of the sustainability puzzle.