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Humor As A Tool In Conflict Resolution

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you. –Langston Hughes

An inspiring true story on how humor can help in tough situations.

Why You Must Find A Job You Love

Most of us work to pay the bills – but imagine if there was a different approach. Imagine if we each had the opportunity to find work that we loved and didn’t have to worry about those pesky bills.

It seems that Switzerland is being very progressive and is starting to look at some interesting alternatives:

 Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young.” A basic-income policy would mean that people are no longer forced into a job that “just pays the bills”instead people could pursue their interests without the intimidating overcast of bills and debt.

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Positive Psychology: Creating A Cultural Shift In Happiness

Taking charge of our life stories brings more joy than amassing the tick-box list of items commonly associated with happiness, says Chris Johnstone. 

What really makes us happy?

Creating A Cultural Shift In Happiness

11 Affordable Housing Alternatives for City Dwellers

After World War II, white, middle-class Americans flocked to the suburbs from the city. Today, that trend is reversing. As post-suburbanites move back into cities, escalating housing costs are forcing low and middle income folks and people of color out to the suburbs. This shift was described by Alan Ehrenhalt in his 2013 book,The Great Inversion. The result is that the diverse communities that make cities resilient creative centers are being displaced or forced to find new, affordable housing options.

Check out more at 11 Affordable Housing Alternatives For City Dwellers

The Sun Is Not Our Enemy

For many years we have been told to stay out of the sun, to wear sunscreen, not to sunbathe, and so on, and so on. And now, finally, we are getting real about the sun. The sun is our friend and it’s rays are great for us!

Check out The Pro’s And Con’s of Sunshine: How To Bask In The Sun Safely.

And if you want to get the benefits of the sun and try something new at the same time – here’s an interesting article on Sun-gazing: Why You Should Be Doing It.

 

 

How Well Are You Looking After Your Stomach And Liver?

The liver is our biggest detoxing organ. As well as get rid of toxins from our body, it stores iron and vitamins, and breaks down hemoglobin, insulin, and other hormones.

Check out these 19 Superfoods that Naturally Cleanse Your Liver.

And we all know that having healthy gut bacteria is critical to good health. Let’s see if you know about these 16 Things That Affect Your Gut Bacteria.

 

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day

Ah, yet more inspiration. This chick is awesome in my books. She believes that everyone should eat great food every day and that eating well means learning to cook. And when she says everyone, she means absolutely everyone.

With that optimistic mindset she developed Good and Cheap, a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget. Once the book was completed she posted the free PDF on her website which then went viral on Reddit, Tumblr and elsewhere – there were almost 100,000 downloads within only a few weeks. She then launched a Kickstarter Campaign to get printed copies of Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don’t have computers or otherwise wouldn’t see it. With a 10,00o target she’s reached over $144,000 – AMAZING!

And if you’d like to find out more or get a free pdf version of the cookbook you can get it on her website.

A School In The Cloud And Young Activists

Five years ago, an Indian schoolboy struck up an unlikely friendship with a retired teacher in London – and with her help he is now studying to be a doctor. Even though they live thousands of miles apart and have never met, they can’t imagine life without each other.

A School In The Cloud

These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.

Three Young Activists And Their Causes

 

 

 

Are You Living The Life You Ought To Be Living?

“Follow your bliss. 
If you do follow your bliss, 
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living. 
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. 
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be. 
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

Following your bliss is not about seeking extremes of joy and happiness. It is about following your heart and doing what is right for you. It’s about noticing what gives you energy, and doing that thing. It’s about noticing where your energy gets sucked away, and not doing that thing.

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Inspired Leaders Open Doors

Effective leadership isn’t about having power over people, it’s about doing good for people. My five-year old son Ian had it right. Leadership is about opening doors for others. – Bill Treasurer

Inspired Leaders Open Doors