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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.

The values of natural places--like Ribbon Falls in Grand Canyon National Park--are difficult to quantify.

The values of natural places–like Ribbon Falls in Grand Canyon National Park–are difficult to quantify.

To read the full commentary, go here

http://www.nature.com/news/development-time-to-leave-gdp-behind-1.14499

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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.

Original message:

Time for family, food, and gratitude! I hope you enjoy.

I am eternally grateful for the beauty and splendor of nature.

I am eternally grateful for the beauty and splendor of nature.

Bonus: Check out Sally Hogshead’s fascinating 7 Tips for Conversation during Thanksgiving.

http://www.howtofascinate.com/blog/bid/190853/7-fascinating-topics-for-your-Thanksgiving-dinner-conversation

A couple having a water fight while taking engagement photos.

A couple having a water fight while taking engagement photos.

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.”)

For the full list, read Stephanie’s article here.

https://medium.com/architecting-a-life/417643ab8570

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.

Pāhoehoe, a type of lava, is a word given to geology from Hawaiian.

Pāhoehoe, a type of lava, is a word given to geology from Hawaiian.

  • 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.

For all 9 words, check out this article in Spanish. For an English version, check out the 15 words English lacks.

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!

May 2014 fill you with happiness and well being!

May 2014 fill you with happiness and well being!

If you want to do an assessment of your own wellness, check out UCR’s page here

http://wellness.ucr.edu/seven_dimensions.html