What do you want from life? What kind of a person do you want to be? More likely than not, you want to make a living, do good by you and yours so you can look yourself in the mirror, not feel like a worthless piece of sh*t. You want to have a grip on things. At least, your life. In the midst of that struggle (and believe me, I know what struggle this alone can be), you have a difficult, changing economy on one side, changing societal norms redefining roles and freedoms and mere normality on another side. As … Continue reading Going Beyond “Eco,” Gaining Life
This year started out – or is that, continued? – with a barrage of bad news that is enough to make any sane person just want to turn it off and tune it out. A little selection? Scientists’ dire warning: … Continue reading Enough!, and: Better Living by Ecology
We love hero stories. And sure, the hero stories we tell are all too simple, with one hero or, at most, a small team of heroes, having to rise against one (only seemingly) overwhelming challenge. All others around, whether they … Continue reading Be the Hero of Your Life
The fear for the future is a failure to grow; what doesn’t make for growth is nothing good – but could we finally grow up? We are getting any rise in GDP described as growth and argued as being good … Continue reading Time for Growth!
Coming from ecology and cultural anthropology, it is pretty clear that we have been getting things backwards. Evolution means adapting to an environment, and even as many living beings also change their environments to suit themselves better, this has to … Continue reading Book Giveaway: The Third Plate
The “paleo” trend, especially prominent with the paleo diet, but also producing advice for many another area of life, is one of the more fascinating things to consider from an ‘ecohappy’ perspective. After all, it wants to be based on … Continue reading Paleo, the Backlash, and Returns Forward
The anthropic principle was suggested in cosmology, based on the observation that physical constants in the universe have certain values, and they must have these values or the universe would not exist as it does, capable of housing intelligent/conscious life … Continue reading The Eco-Anthropic Principle of Human Life on Earth?
From Roman times to the Renaissance, pepper used to be what rich people used to excess because only they could afford it. Baroque nobility had banquet food covered in sugar because it was the new ‘spice’ of the rich. Meat … Continue reading Ecosystems, Eating, Essential Joy
Psychology has long been focused on diagnosing disorders. It took the development of “positive psychology” to change the perspective towards the study (and promotion) of the things that make for happiness and well-being. The idea of ecohappy came out of … Continue reading Re-Learned Powerfulness
Luxury has sometimes been described as having been democratized: No longer does an average person have no way of participating in status consumption, no chance to fill up a home with all the stuff that shows a middle-class (or better) … Continue reading The Luxury of the #ecohappy Life
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Still thinking about and engaged in discussions about that… New studies are playing with new computer models, and once again the media are jumping on the great headlines that it makes when computers calculate collapse. The rise of social media … Continue reading Earth-Funded* Study: Creation of Civilization is Imminent