There is no better argument for becoming a vegetarian!!!
Even though I love this I find it just TOO dark for me!
Cool! and Beautiful!
The oil companies and the government agencies that supposedly “control” them have got to get with the program…how many oil spills into our oceans must we have before they get serious? Must we lose all the “fish in the sea” before anyone powerful “enough to put a stop to the oil companies” finds this outrageous?
how can you NOT love this type of smarts?
gotta love the ingenuity of a student on a budget:)
“All this materialism doesn’t make us happy. Materialistic folks tend to be dissatisfied with their lives, have low self-esteem, be less integrated into their community, find less meaning in life, and be less concerned about the welfare of others. The list goes on and on: Materialistic people are also less satisfied with their family lives, the amount of fun and enjoyment they experience, and they are more likely to be depressed and envious.”
That excerpt comes to you via Gratitude vs. Materialism | Greater Good.
I believe my understanding is correct: Get out of your own head! It’s really NOT all about you and only your wants and needs!
Is that possible? Are we all just self-indulgent, narcissistic people blogging pure drivel to feed our egos?
I think this is a little simplistic and applies only to people who are suffering the “blues”, not clinical depression. Being blue is not physically debilitating.
Mental illness is not “cured”, only managed. Mysteries abound surrounding the physical causes of any type of mental illness. Those of us that live with a disorder on a daily basis know better than any expert in the field how much of a mystery it all is!
She also implies in her blog that by “practicing gratitude and expressing gratitude to others “will eliminate negative perceptions; little grievances and daily hassles will not be noticed because the “brain won’t be able to keep track of all the stimuli coming in”. Practicing gratitude will cure you of pessimism.
Have I got news for her! Not being predisposed to pessimism I wonder how a pessimist can stand being alive in this world we have created! I automatically and instantly flip into optimistic mode when I see something destructive and emotionally disturbing. It’s not anything I think about, not something I have to strive to do. Or am I just a plain old realist.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m NOT saying don’t be grateful for anything, and I’m not saying it doesn’t take an effort sometimes to see the good in life.
What I am saying is practicing conscious gratitude is a tool comparable to a pencil for writing. Pencil broken. Use a pen. Pen runs out of ink. Replace the ink cartridge. Write using a typewriter, a computer, in the sand, if you must.
Point is. There is a way to replace tools that break with something that may work better. You just have to find the right tool for you:)
Different strokes for different folks.
This person has all these ways to reach as many people as she possibly can. Become a fan of Raising Happiness on Facebook. Follow Christine Carter on Twitter Sign up for the Raising Happiness monthly newsletter. I say good for her. She’s a success. I’m betting she doesn’t realize how she feeds the prejudices of people about mental illnesses and maybe she just doesn’t care. But I do. It is important.
Should I tell her how her article affected me?
I had to tweet her this link to my comment and hope she reads it, as there is not place to leave a comment on her newsletter and blog (I certainly am NOT going to Facebook friend her: I don’t know her after all).
Here it is, January 3rd, 2012. Look what I found…today, almost 2 weeks after I wrote this.
And, of course, I somehow ended up not actually posting this because it went to my drafts and I have not noticed until today…a Perfect example of ADD at its finest.
I am really looking forward to the start of these television shows:
American Idol, season 11 (Fox, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. ET) Can Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson keep Idol relevant in the crowded field of TV singing competitions? Well, they managed it last season after Simon Cowell’s departure.
The Voice, season 2 (NBC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 10 p.m. ET; moves to its regular time Monday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. ET) After last season’s successful run, the show with the big, red chairs will have a lengthened season and premiere in the year’s most coveted TV time slot — after the Super Bowl.
Notice that 2 of the shows that I look forward to are singing talent competitions. Love, love LOVE them!
Which is more fitting to represent the subject of my post?
I love magazines! Especially decor and fashion. Actually, only decor and fashion. I once upon a time had 10 subscriptions and spent hundreds of dollars monthly feeding this obsession with pretty pictures of lovely decor and fashion.
These beautiful, fun and free online magazines feed my addiction in an environmentally friendly way. I will always love an actual bound book and printed glossy magazine but this newer online version of magazines allows me to have MORE fodder for my appetite of all things new and exciting! AND, I don’t have boxes and boxes of old issues cluttering up my home. And, my husband doesn’t have additional heavy boxes to heave onto a moving truck every time we move…poor thing. I kinda miss those boxes of magazines with all the beautiful pictures of all beautiful things. Below are 5 of my current favourites, with the links of course.
My list of online magazine recommendations:
Pure Green Magazine, http://www.puregreenmag.com/pure-green-blog from Montreal. Embraces the live green philosophy with great style. Having lived in Montreal for a long time, in the distant past, I find it hopeful for the future that the green trend has finally caught on in a city of high fashion, overpopulation/strife that comes with too many people living squished together in a small space, and pollution laden skies. Hopefully, green living is embraced as quickly and passionately in this historical city as trendy fashions do.
Covet Garden http://covetgarden.com/ covers spaces that have not been styled by interior decorators and that, above all else, reflect the passions/interests of the people who live in them. From Toronto, another overpopulated, polluted and work driven city. This magazine has the added bonus of enabling the reader to hover over an item and linking when clicked to the supplier of what we may covet (not exactly environmentally friendly all the time; but does showcase artists using skills and creativity to decorate their homes with up-cycled items.) Innovative enough to make my list.
Dabble magazine, http://dabblemag.com/ founded by Canadian style favorite Kimberly Seldon and a personal fave of mine, this new magazine features inspiring design, food and travel from across the globe with a great focus on Canadian products, designs and people. Also less about the environment movement but inspirational to talented DIYers that are able to use the newest trends to inspire their own originality.
And #4 on my list, Rue magazine http://www.ruemag.com/, started by design bloggers Crystal Gentillo and Toronto native Anne Sage. It is younger, hipper and more modern than Lonny, plus geared more to the less established decorator or amateur(whereas Lonny magazine is geared to the professionals), it features great layouts of hot products and homes. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I often check out Lonny magazine and have been on that mailing list since their inception which I heard about on the Nate Burkus show:) yes, my addiction spills over to the TV LOL but Rue is more addictive for me because I love magazines more than television.
#5 is Adore Home Magazine http://www.adoremagazine.com, the only far, far away originator on my list of things I absolutely must look at. It is an Australian online mag which features the fun and the fresh along with entertaining ideas. A treat for someone like me that is attracted to all those wonderful, exciting, colorful objects.
I love, love, LOVE winter! Breathtaking and beautiful to me, always!
Cozy sweaters, warm throws to wrap myself in, fireplace on in the living room, hot comfy Ugg boots to wear in the snow, trappers hat to keep my head toasty and a lightweight knee-length coat with hood to ensure survival if stranded outside along with layered gloves. 3 to be exact. The first is those cheapie tiny stretchy ones (keeps the skin from freezing while I smoke my cigs), add a pair of faux fur lined hide gloves over them and keep a thick pair of larger mittens in my pockets "just in case" it gets REALLY unbearably cold. Oh yeah, mustn't forget my hand knitted infinity scarf which is large enough to completely wrap my face and protect it from the icy winds blowing straight into my eyes:)
I may sound like I'm overly dressed and heavily weighed down with all of these things but I'm not. Everything is lightweight, warm, natural fibres (except for the faux fur lined trappers hat). The added advantage is with all of the layers that can be easily removed so that I will not overheat when taking public transportation or when the Chinook winds warm this city to spring like weather in a matter of minutes!