November 2009

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Global Briefs

Free Exchange

These free or nearly free Web-enabled services make it possible to exchange goods and services with neighbors and others anywhere in the world.

Service Chits

Time banking is about spending an hour doing something for someone in our community and banking it.

Micro-Volunteering

Currently, on-demand volunteers are simply tapping in to participate in a nonprofit project such as tagging photos for museums or photographing neighborhood play areas to help create a nationwide map of playgrounds.

Cozy Digs

The desire to live simply, a cornerstone of the Small House Movement, has led to interest from architects and builders who are now providing smaller housing alternatives.

Good to Go

A growing number of travelers are choosing to learn more about regional cultures and help people in a deeper way than just buying their souvenirs.

Teen Activists

A website is providing teens with information about current environmental issues, teen action groups, funding opportunities, green college curricula and eco-careers.

Disposable Habit

Unlike disposable alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times, saving money and resources, while reducing pollution associated with their manufacture and transport.

Tricky Twésumés

A new wave of job-seekers is leveraging Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks as quick ways to access job referrals, screen potential employers and obtain interviews.
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Health Briefs

Sleep Alert

Catch Enough ZZZ's to Stay Healthy

More Kudos for Nuts and Mediterranean Diet

Help to Manage Metabolic Disorders

Immunity Now

Build Up Your Natural Defenses

Invest in Happy Memories

Money Well Spent

We Are What We Drink

Reducing Liquid Calories

Broccoli Helps Keep Prostate Cancer at Bay

One Powerful Veggie

The Cholesterol-Alzheimer's Link

Lowering Your Bad Levels for Numerous Reasons

Smell Stress Away

Soothing Scents
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Health

Silence Is Golden

Here’s the big idea: Noise is bad for you. Follow these tips to increase moments of silence in daily life, which will help us all feel better and live healthier.
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Fit Body

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Green Living

Living Simply

By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter. When an individual first chooses to live on a smaller, more human scale, the other values seem to fall in line.

The Family Footprint

Many decisions we make have an associated carbon value—whether we commute by train or car; use fans or air conditioning; how long we shower; and how often we wash clothes. Learn ways to reduce your household's carbon footprint.
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Inspiration

Living Simply

By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter. When an individual first chooses to live on a smaller, more human scale, the other values seem to fall in line.

Silence Is Golden

Here’s the big idea: Noise is bad for you. Follow these tips to increase moments of silence in daily life, which will help us all feel better and live healthier.
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Wise Words

A Conversation with Peter Rodger

Frustrated with religious turmoil, fanaticism and fundamentalism, filmmaker Peter Rodger set out on a global quest to understand why the concept of God has become so politicized.

A Conversation with No Impact Man

From November 2006 to November 2007, New York City author Colin Beavan, his Prada-wearing wife Michelle and 18-month-old daughter, Isabella, went on a yearlong reduce-recycle-reuse odyssey to cut down on their daily ecological footprint.
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Healthy Kids

Refocusing the American Dream

Young Adults Adopt Simpler Lifestyles
Depending upon how long the current recession lasts, historians, economists and psychologists say it could shape this generation’s values and attitudes in much the same way the Great Depression shaped the widespread frugality of their grandparents and great-grandparents.
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Natural Pet

A Pet’s First Visit to the Vet

The first trip to the veterinarian’s office does not need to be a traumatic experience. With savvy planning, you can make the whole experience less stressful for both you and your pet.