All in sustainability

mind over matter

In our traditional western medical culture (and in the rest of society) we’re pretty hip on keeping the mind and the body, and ourselves and nature, separate from each other. But, these days were are becoming more and more aware of the very real and tangible connection between all of those systems, and the way in which those relationships impact our health or tendency toward disease. Read more…

Ep19: moments with matilda | am i a jerk

In Episode 19 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we we join guest contributor Matilda Glockenschmocker who suggests that making things better might start with a look in the mirror…and a very simple question. Whether the world goes to hell in a hand basket or not may depend more than we think on whether each one of us chooses to favor ethics or self-interest day after day. Listen here…

go together

We don’t have to let go of all of our opinions and agree on everything. I know, fat chance. Right? We don’t even really need to like each other (though, that might be nice.) We just need to respect each other enough to see that a liveable future is essential to all of us, no matter what we might still be arguing about when we get there. But—to ensure we arrive, let’s go together. Read more…

the l-word

These days, unless you write greeting cards for a living, grown-up, serious people don’t say the “l-word.” At least not in public. But, no matter how you slice, it environmental sustainability is all about the love. Because regardless of what you “love” to do in the world—whether build skyscrapers, ride bikes, trade stocks, make quilts, or feed the homeless—you need the environment to get it done. Period. Read more…

what if everybody did

One reason we don’t take action to make the world a better place is because we believe we could never make a difference. But another way to look at it is that when any one of us refuses to do what we can, we’re actually just being a weenie. The good news is that if we changed our minds and everybody did what they could, we’d shift the status quo. But “all of us” starts with ONE OF US. Read more…

10 top ten lists to live well, be kind, and get happy

Okay, I’ll be honest—they aren’t all lists of 10, some are 7 or 9, or 100 (so sue me)—but despite the false advertising you’ll still find groovy suggestions and resources in the realms of: mindfulness, simplifying, happiness, wholehearted living, communication, health, diet, productivity, money, and climate change. It’s like one-stop shopping for a better you and a better world…how cool is that? Read more…

what's sustainability got to do with me

When people insist they don’t need to sustain the environment because it doesn’t have anything to do with them, it makes me feel like I’m starring in an episode of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  If we care about ourselves, our families, our aspirations, and the other folks we share the planet with, we must understand that caring about sustainability is essential, too—because sustainability has “everything” to do with you and me. Read more…

Ep9: over yonder with mary betsy | living well together

In Episode 9 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we hear from guest contributor Mary Betsy, who reminds us that what goes around comes around. These days we all live both “upstream” and “downstream” from other people in the world, so it makes sense that we try to take each other’s well-being into consideration and learn to live well together. Listen here…

too much of a good thing

We all love those endless blue-sky summer days that are perfect for picnics, bike rides, and lazy afternoons at the beach, but too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing. When the world is so parched that farting in the forest is likely to start a wildfire, we need tools that both conserve and preserve water as the precious resource it is. Read more…

turning over stones

Is the world out there in line with your vision and intentions? We may actually believe things should be different, better, and more just…but sometimes there are other, competing beliefs that prevent us from taking action. In order to get beyond this little quirk we need to turn over some stones to identify what we REALLY want, what we REALLY believe, and line our actions up with that. Read more…