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
Life goes one of two ways: On, and circling the drain. Or on, and remaining active and truly alive. The first, worse, is easy and comes naturally. It also has a lot of support from modern capitalist consumer culture and … Continue reading Fitting Resolutions, Living Synergies
Between voluntary simplicity or even intentional poverty and nomadically independent “designed” or jet-setting luxury lifestyles, there seems to be a vast space of ordinary lives with little room for change towards the better, little space for personal positive influence. Continue reading “Intentional Living: Crafting a Better Life”
It’s only natural that we’d want to “get made, get laid, or get paid” – acquire social status, sate sexual desires, have enough and make more.
How exactly those things play out, however, can take very different forms, depending on individual differences and social contexts – and moreover, these wants, natural though they may be, aren’t all that makes for human lives and motivations. Continue reading “Re-Rooting Success and Greatness”
Subsistence agriculture, foraged foods, traditional diets. Mechanical looms, plant and animal fibers, the bespoke and handmade. Bartering, collecting, crafting. They all seem somewhat backwards activities, mired in the past, re-emerging (as far as they haven’t been lost) only as quaint … Continue reading Emergency, and Luxury
Living Rich in ‘Poor’ Times As concluded in the first part, expectations are increasingly blinding us. We talk of modernity’s empowerment of the individual, but it is an individualism that is very much shaped by society’s – actually, corporate – dreams and … Continue reading Lessons from Emergency Entrepreneurship
We, like all animals, seek pleasure and avoid pain. It is a truism – and one we need to learn to handle better. After all, we also know “no pain, no gain,” and we get to our best not when … Continue reading The Pleasant and the Better
These are times of crisis; that much is quite universally understood. It is much less clear, however, what sort of crisis this is. Sure, there is a lack of jobs, and people suffer from this lack of employment opportunities – … Continue reading Getting Back To Work
Look at the writings on our environmental predicament(s) – and the failings of the current economic system – and “nothing short of fundamental change will be necessary” is the line they all get to, sooner or later. Typically, “to ensure … Continue reading Baby Steps and the Radical Change to Better Lives
Window farming isn’t going to save the world. In fact, if everybody decided to give it a try and used all the same plastic pots and peat soil mixes, it would be another one of those smallest of individual impacts … Continue reading Start (with) a Few Seeds
Changing one’s life, caring better for one’s health… it all seems so hard, in such need of radical cuts.
Selling all your stuff, moving to an exotic country and living off online enterprise, that seems just about enough to change things around – but who could do that? Continue reading “Simple Steps, But Lifestyle Changes”
We’ve all been noticing that the consumer society is based on debt, it seems – and with fashion and electronic gadgets, it’s become ever more based on unhappiness with old things. We tend to get used to what we have very quickly, anyways, but “modern” things also tend to be made to become obsolete.
Meanwhile, we forget the power of the things we still have: our faculties, our tools, and their connections… Continue reading “The Power of What You Got”