In an article on Nature.com, several authors come together to explain why GDP is no longer a useful tool and to put forth alternatives. As the authors point out, there are many economic, social, and environmental factors that GDP omits. Addressing this, there are several newer measures that better represent societal well-being and progress. This topic seems to be especially relevant given the ever-widening social inequality in California, the U.S., and around the globe.
I know, it’s not Thanksgiving. I’m 2 months late. I intended to publish this back in November, but it slipped through the cracks. Nonetheless, I think every day is an appropriate day to be reminded of the power of gratitude, family, and good food.
Time for family, food, and gratitude! I hope you enjoy.
Both eye-opening and funny, this TED Talk from Maysoon Zayid is a mix of stand-up comedy and stereotype-challenging honesty. Seriously, anyone who starts a TED Talk with “I am not drunk” is off to a good start.
So, I’m a big fan of life coaching and I also discuss relationships with just about anyone who’ll listen. It seems natural then that I totally dig this article titled “20 Difficult Truths About Love + Relationships from a Life Coach”. In it, Stephanie St. Claire quickly dispels some of the most pervasive love myths (“9. ‘No one can make you happy except yourself’ is another lie. OF COURSE people can make you happy.“) and dispenses pointed clarifications (“14. Don’t be placated by a partner who is a good admitter/apologizer. No one gets a parade for admitting their shit and saying sorry. Credit is given to partners who take action and change their behavior.”)
I love languages. And, I love words, especially new words that convey something previously undefined. That’s why I particularly enjoyed this Spanish-language article highlighting some unique words found only in their native languages.
For example, what do you call the path created by moonlight on water? In Swedish, it’s mangata.
What about the feeling of being alone in the forest? Waldeinsamkeit, in German.
Or, the urge to look out the window to see if that person you’re expecting has arrived? The Inuit call it iktsuarpok.
As we start a new year, I’m also starting a new 6 month plan. As I’ve mentioned before, I find it helpful to start by looking at 7 general aspects of wellness. The University of California at Riverside has a great overview of this 7 aspects, as well as in-depth explanations of each. UCR even includes ways to enhance well-being for each!
If you want to do an assessment of your own wellness, check out UCR’s page here