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4 New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthier Environment in 2022

When many people think of New Year’s resolutions, they brainstorm ways to improve themselves for the year ahead. What if we expanded those aspirations to include resolutions that benefit our communities, society, and the planet, too?

It might not be a typical approach, but it can broaden your horizons to show ways you can also be of service to others.

Here are four popular New Year’s resolutions with a twist for improving your relationship with nature in 2022 and beyond.

Exercise more consideration for how your actions impact the environment

We each have an environmental ethic reflecting how we value, manage, and ultimately relate to nature. Balancing the scales of reciprocity between us and nature – how much we give and take – can improve this relationship in many ways. Whether it’s our addiction to one-use plastics that pile up in landfills or fossil fuels that warm the planet, a mishandled relationship with nature is not doing us or the Earth any favors.

In 2022, we can all take more responsibility for how our actions exacerbate environmental problems. We can also encourage governments and businesses to make it easier for people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to protect the environment. This includes making recycled goods affordable and reliable public transportation widely accessible.

Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s resources describing some very simple ways to reduce waste at home, work, in our communities, and during the holidays. Tips from the website include turning off or unplugging lights during the day, reusing packaging materials, and using online billing services instead of paper mail.

Lose the weight of social injustice – it harms nature, too

The perils of social injustice stress multiple aspects of society. Racism and inequality can lead to health disparities, and they also have consequences for the natural environment.

A recent study described how practices such as redlining and residential segregation led to unequal access to nature, excess pollution, and biodiversity loss. These practices brought in highways and industries that harm environmental quality in marginalized communities. They also left neighborhoods with fewer parks and trees that provide cooling in summer and benefit the planet.

Perpetuating social ills like systemic racism and inequitable resource allocation is detrimental to the environment, marginalized people, and society as a whole.

To help turn this around, you can speak out in your community. Join groups that are trying to promote environmental protection and social justice and are bringing nature back to communities. Call your city, state, and Congressional leaders to urge them to take action. Also, refer to the Green 2.0 report’s section on making diversity initiatives successful for concrete ways that you can actualize this in your place of work.

Learn something new about nature and how to reduce harm to the environment and yourself

Clean air, water, and soil are fundamental for our survival, but research shows many people lack basic environmental and health literacy to know how to protect themselves.

In 2022, get to know your own impact on the environment. Read more and start exploring ways to preserve the integrity of your area’s natural resources. For example, find out where you can stay abreast of local land-use decisions that impact the environment and your overall community.

You can also support local educators and encourage them to bring the environment into lessons. Environmental issues overlap many other subjects, from history to health. This website includes a framework and materials for educators to help students expand their environmental literacy.

Staying plugged in with media that discuss the latest research can enhance awareness. You can also try tying environmental facts and knowledge into your game night and team-building activities.

Spend more time with family and friends in nature

Studies show that spending time in nature, including urban green spaces, can improve your relationship with nature and with others.

Time in nature can increase social cohesion. Throughout the pandemic, many people discovered the outdoors as a place to decompress and reduce stress. Spending more time outdoors can encourage social interactions that benefit health, buffer emotional distress and encourage the use of these spaces, which can help protect them for the future.

Here are some tools that outline best practices to enhance parks and recreation near you. Also, here are ways to make outdoor environments more inclusive for families in diverse communities.

Collectively, thinking about our relationship with nature and finding ways to protect the environment can help us be better stewards of the planet.

By Viniece Jennings, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Agnes Scott College

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.




How to Use Immediate Gratification to Reach Long-Term Goals

By Christine Carter | Greater Good Magazine 

If you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions or set some annual goals for yourself, you might be wondering: Will I succeed this year? The real test will come when you’re stressed, or tired, or just plain unmotivated.

Here’s the plain truth: If your annual goals or New Year’s resolutions feel like chores, or if they feel overwhelming, or if they feel even a little difficult, you likely won’t do them over the long run. If they are something you feel like you “should” do, but that you don’t actually want to do…eventually you won’t do them at all.

All is not lost. Consider rewriting your annual goals into something more fun. (You can use the “Throw Ambition Out the Window” worksheet at the back of this free ebook.) Many people feel like doing something that is fun and easy doesn’t count, especially if it is supposed to be good for you. You want something IMPRESSIVE, right? Maybe something that will make you immediately look better naked. No pain, no gain, right?

Wrong. You have a choice: Do something hard and ambitious for a short period of time and then quit it, or do something that makes you feel something you want to feel for the rest of your life. I promise the people who know about these things (like your doctor, therapist, or coach) want you to pick the healthy or productive habit that you are going to stick with, no matter how unambitious. This is about hardwiring a good habit into your brain that you can build on later.

If we want our habits to stick, we need to start really, really small. It is hard for us humans to make lots of behavior changes all at once. Creating a new habit or routine can take a great deal of energy and focus, and we have only so much self-control in a given day to work with. Also, you might have noticed that the global crisis that we are in is pretty distracting these days, which makes piling individual change on top of massive societal change even harder.

So, the first step is to break your desired habit down into its most simple behavior, something you can do in less than five minutes from start to finish. (Again, you can use the worksheet in this ebook.) Do this knowing that you are starting to carve a neural pathway in your brain that will eventually become an unshakable habit. The first few steps of establishing any new habit can be hard, though, so you need to do something really, really, really easy—something that requires so little effort that your brain doesn’t put up any resistance when you start it, and you can feel successful for completing it. The idea is to create a habit that doesn’t depend on effort or willpower, so this first extraordinarily unambitious habit is about initiating the neural pathway—starting to form the groove—and nothing else.

Once you have a routine or resolution so easy you have no excuse not to do it, this will be your “Better Than Nothing” (BTN) habit or resolution. Mine was to change into my walking shoes and walk our dogs to the end of the block. You will be able to do your BTN routine when you are exhausted, when you have no time, when you are a little under the weather, and when you really feel like staying on the couch. For me, this means a teeny little bit of physical activity that is better than not moving at all.

Every few days, you can expand this routine if you want to, but only if you are itching to do more, and only if the expansion feels really easy.

If at any time you feel any resistance to your BTN routine, you’ll know it isn’t yet easy enough. Start by cutting it in half in terms of time and effort. Many people need to start with something that takes less than 30 seconds—say, putting your shoes on and walking out the door. This sounds ridiculous, I know. Remember, we are all about establishing the neural pathway at this stage in the game, and to do that, all we need to do is associate your anchor or trigger with something that will someday become a habit.

Even after you start expanding, you’ll need to hang on to some form of a BTN routine: something you can still do even when you aren’t feeling great when you don’t have time, and when the unexpected happens. We can do this by making the activities themselves more rewarding—more fun—by pairing them with things we enjoy.

For example, I love reading, so I listen to audiobooks while I clean up at the end of each evening. My husband watches TikTok while he takes his huge pile of supplements in the morning. Remember that when you are first building a new habit, any action is better than none. Once you’ve started, there are tricks to help you stay on track—little things that make your effort feel rewarding. Here are three of them.

Use B.J. Fogg’s “Yay me!” reward: When you finish doing what you intend to do, congratulate yourself. I’m a HUGE fan of this one because it’s easy and it works. Even something as small as a short mental victory dance can trigger a little hit of dopamine, enough to tell your brain to repeat whatever you just did. So, when I find myself outside walking around in the fresh air, I congratulate myself.

Really relish the positive emotions that your new habit elicits. Be intentional about them, or “take in the good” of them, as psychologist Rick Hanson would say. For example, I tend to feel happiest when I’m exercising outside and I consciously look up at the trees (rather than down at the trail, as I am inclined). When I look up at the trees, I tend to feel a warm, relaxing sense of awe spread over me. I try to do this each time I’m out so that I can really feel the calm.

Add something to your new habit that you’ll look forward to when you think about it. I supercharged my desire to get out on the trail with my dogs by letting myself listen to audiobooks while I walk. Because I’d read about the incredible benefits of mindfulness, I felt like I “should” make myself just walk quietly in nature, undistracted, when out on a hike. But then I noticed that I most wanted to get outside and walk when I had something I couldn’t wait to get back to listening to…and I decided to give myself permission to do something I really enjoy. This means that I’m even more committed to my hikes, because, as Michelle Segar compellingly writes, “We approach what feels good and avoid what feels bad.”

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Christine Carter

Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (BenBella, 2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (Ballantine Books, 2015), and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as an author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness. Find out more about Christine here.




Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter More in a Pandemic

By Christine Carter | Greater Good Magazine

Goodbye, 2020! holiday cards announce. What a year! we exclaim to each other. We can’t wait for 2020 to be over. But as we settle into a hard winter, I can’t help wondering: Will 2021 really be any better?

With the vaccines and a new administration coming, many are optimistic. But we are not at the end. We are in what Harvard Business School’s Rosabeth Moss Kanter famously calls the “messy middle,” where everything is hardest.

When everything went sideways this year, we were collectively freaked out—and also energized. We bought groceries for our neighbors and protested peacefully. We bravely adjusted to massive changes in the way we work, educate our children, shop, and socialize. But in the midst of crisis, we’re seeing just how little support our society offers to work parents, the unemployed, and many others who are struggling. Our surge capacity is depleted. The adrenaline is gone. We need a hug—from someone outside of our household.

This is what happens with all big change, and the bigger the change, the more tempted we are to give up, to turn our attention to something shiny or delicious, to seek short-lived hits of pleasure in lieu of long-term meaning.

It’s too early to give up, friends. This messy middle is hard, and the coming year is not likely to be anything close to “normal.” Instead of just waiting—another year, maybe more—for it all to be over, we’ll do better to re-engage with the things that bring us meaning in life. So put down that cookie (I’m talking to myself here) and use this checklist to set your mid-pandemic course correction on the best possible path. Even if it feels like all you’re doing is trying to survive, these questions may help you gain a sense of control amid the uncertainty.

1. What do you want to take with you when this is all over? While I’m sure a lot about 2020 didn’t work for you, this is the time to reflect on what has. If you’re not leaving the house much, what do you like about being home more? Many teenagers are benefiting from increased family time and more sleep. What is working for you?

2. What are some aspirational goals that you could set for yourself? Research shows that setting specific, difficult goals consistently leads to higher performance (if that’s what you’re after). Where in your life would you like to step things up? Perhaps you’d like to set up a gratitude practice, or maybe you’d like to spend less time on social media. Where can you do better despite the pandemic (and everything else)? The goal is not to add more pressure to an already difficult time, but to identify goals that could help you feel better and have more energy at the end of the day.

3. What new habit have you wanted to get into for a while now? Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a meditator. Perhaps your doctor wants you to move more. Like it or not, limited travel can make our daily routines more consistent, and that makes this a great time for many people to establish a healthy habit.

4. How can you invest in yourself? What “deferred maintenance” do you need to take care of? What most of us really need right now is rest. Could you resolve to go to bed earlier a few days per week? Or would you have more energy if you improve your diet? Remember, the best resource that you have for making a contribution to the world is YOU. When that resource is depleted, your most valuable asset is damaged. In other words: When we underinvest in our bodies, minds, or spirits, we destroy our most essential tools for leading our best lives.

5. What do you want to feel more of in 2021? Perhaps you want to feel less overwhelmed and more at peace, or maybe you want to feel more connected to others and less isolated. What behaviors or habits have, in the past, elicited the emotion that you are looking for? Maintenance habits (like cleaning up or getting to inbox zero) might make you feel less overwhelmed; finding purpose tends to make us feel more connected.

Talk with your friends and family about these questions; they are important ones. Once you’ve pondered the above checklist, make a list of your answers, and then cross off the ideas you have for goals, habits, or resolutions that simply aren’t realistic, or that your heart isn’t in. There’s no shame in narrowing things down, especially in the midst of this global crisis! Now, more than ever, that means eliminating “shoulds.”

Once you have a list of wishes for yourself, it’s time to turn them into action. Piles of research show that just dreaming about what you’d like to do, including making resolutions and setting goals, actually reduce the odds that you’ll achieve them. We also have to make specific plansmap out potential obstacles, and find ways to make the process enjoyable.

When done correctly, setting goals and making resolutions can shape our behavior for the better. Our habits can make us feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those around us. These are worthy goals in any year, whether we are in a pandemic or not.

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Christine Carter

Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (BenBella, 2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (Ballantine Books, 2015), and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as the author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness. Find out more about Christine here.




How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Feel Good

By Christine Carter | Greater Good Magazine

You want to lose weight. Learn to meditate. Get out of debt. Eat more leafy greens. Call your mom more often.

But you’re afraid to really try, because of all the times you’ve tried before and failed. I meet plenty of people who refuse to make New Year’s resolutions for this reason: New Year’s resolutions can be a source of failure, year after year.

Research suggests that 88 percent of people have failed to stick to their resolutions to change. Frankly, that number seems low to me. Hasn’t everyone failed to keep a resolution before? My guess is that the only people who haven’t failed at a New Year’s resolution haven’t tried.

We fail to change our habits because our human brains crave routine and resist change. But it’s very discouraging to try to do things differently, only to find ourselves falling back into old patterns.

Having failed in the past is stressful—and it’s even more stressful when we opt for self-flagellation in the face of our setbacks or lapses. We think that if we’re really hard on ourselves, we’ll be less likely to make the same mistake again, or that we’ll motivate ourselves towards better performance in the future. Admitting our failings does not need to come with commensurate self-criticism, however.

Why? Because self-criticism doesn’t work. It doesn’t actually motivate us. Instead, self-criticism is associated with reduced motivation and diminished future improvement.

Self-compassion—being warm and supportive towards ourselves, and actively soothing ourselves—does help when we fall short of our intentions or our goals. It leads to less anxiety, less depression, and greater peace of mind. Most importantly, it makes us feel more motivated to make the improvements we need. Here are three steps to achieve your resolutions for change.

1. Forgive yourself

The first step to making lasting change is to forgive yourself for having failed in the past. It’s okay; it’s normal, even. You did the best you could with the skills you had. Take a deep breath and soothe yourself like you might a good friend: Use kind, reassuring words to ease yourself out of a stress response. Remind yourself that few people are successful the first time they try to change their routines. Explain to your good-friend-self that feeling bad about your behavior will not increase your future success.

2. Aim for an inherently rewarding target

Why do we so often fail at our attempts to change?

One reason is that we tend to set goals and pick resolutions that are inherently unrewarding. The goals we pick necessitate relentless hard work or remind us of our mortality in a way that makes us feel small instead of grateful.

The second step, therefore, is to set the right resolution, whether that’s a big audacious goal, a new habit you’d like to get into, or a bad habit you’d like to break.

To begin, let’s start with your desired outcome. It’s okay to be a little vague here; we’ll get more specific as we proceed. For example, you might want to:

  • Lose weight
  • Get in shape or establish an exercise habit
  • Spend more time with your friends

It’s important to figure out WHY you want to do this thing that you haven’t been doing so far. You might have a whole laundry list of reasons for wanting to do what you want to do, and that’s great. But right now, I want you to think of the single most compelling way that you’ll benefit from achieving your goal.

Chances are, you’ve come up with a super logical reason for, say, losing weight or exercising, like that it will lower your blood pressure.

Here’s the thing: Even though we all like to think of ourselves as rational people, logic doesn’t motivate us nearly as much as our emotions do. Why? Because we approach what feels good and avoid what feels bad.

This means that we tend to stick with behavior changes for longer when we aim for something that feels good. Doing something because we feel like we should do it doesn’t feel good. It feels like we’re being forced. It’s stressful, and stress makes us seek comfort, often in the very form of behavior that we are trying to avoid (think potato chips and Netflix binges).

So, ask yourself how, in your heart of hearts, do you want to feel? Identify a WHY for your resolution that will motivate you over the long haul.

Let’s think this through together.

Maybe you want to lose weight, for example, and so you plan to cut baked goods out of your diet, which happens to be your favorite foods. How will that make you feel?

At first, you might feel great, because you’ve just made a healthy decision for yourself. But if you don’t cheat on your diet, you’ll likely soon feel deprived. And if you do begin to cheat on your diet, you’ll probably feel anxious and guilty. Both of these feeling states are unmotivating and uncomfortable, which will make it easy for you to ditch your diet.

But maybe the reason that you want to lose weight is so that you feel healthy and strong. Feeling stronger and healthier are very motivating feeling states, which will make it much easier for you to keep your new habit.

With this in mind, rethink your goal or resolution: Restate it for yourself in terms of how you want to feel. For example:

  • “I forbid myself to eat (delicious) baked goods” could become → “I want to feel healthy and strong.”
  • “I have to get more sleep” could become → “I want to feel well-rested and energetic.”
  • “I should spend more time with friends” could become → “I want to feel loving and connected.”

3. Refine your resolution

What actions and behaviors have led you to feel what you want to feel in the past?

Maybe you tend to feel well-rested and energetic when you go to bed before 10 p.m. Perhaps you tend to feel healthy and strong when you go for a hike. Maybe you feel loving and connected when you spend time one-on-one with your sister.

The important thing here is that it is something that you already have experience with; we human beings tend to be truly terrible at predicting how something will make us feel. But we do well to use our own experience to predict how we’ll feel in the future.

Here’s an example of how we frequently go wrong: Say I’d like to feel stronger this upcoming year. This calls for a get-in-shape habit. So, what would be a good way for me to get in shape? Let’s see…I could train for a marathon! Fun! Ambitious! But before I start researching destination marathons (because why not make it a vacation, too?), I’d do well to stop myself and ask: How do I feel when I’m training for a long run? Here’s my own honest answer: I tend to feel burdened by the time commitment. And arthritic in my left hip. And soul-sinking dread before each run.

Can we make a pact right now that we won’t make New Year’s resolutions that are going to make us feel burdened, arthritic, and filled with dread? On the other hand, I can think of two activities that DO make me feel stronger:

  • Taking long hikes with my dog
  • High-intensity exercise classes where I sweat a lot

Your “why” for your goal needs to be a rewarding feeling that you experience when you are doing your resolution or, at the very least, immediately after you do it. A daily hike must genuinely make you feel energized, for example, if that is the feeling you are after.

From here, refine your resolution one more time. Make sure that your resolution reflects a really specific behavior, so that you know if you are succeeding or not. For example, resolve to take three hikes per week after work on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays instead of resolving to “go for more hikes.”

Finally, do a little reality check. Setting unrealistic resolutions is a sure path to failure. If it’s just not realistic for you to, say, leave work an hour early on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that you can do your hike, please don’t make that your resolution. Or if you live in Maine and you know that it just isn’t realistic to hike in a snowstorm, please go back and find another behavior that reliably makes you feel the way you want to feel.

That’s it! If you are now aiming for a target that is specific, realistic, and inherently rewarding (because you know it is going to make you feel good), you are good to go!

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Christine Carter

Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (BenBella, 2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (Ballantine Books, 2015), and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as an author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness. Find out more about Christine here.

Read more great articles at Greater Good Magazine.




15 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make

By Luminita D. Saviuc  | Purpose Fairy

This is a different kind of New Year’s Resolutions List, a list that’s meant to help you do the things you want to do, while at the same time learning to be calm, flexible, open and receptive when things don’t go as planned. Because you and I know that life doesn’t always go as planned, and that’s okay.

15 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make

1. Be open and receptive.

Be open and receptive to whatever life sends your way.

2. Allow.

Allow life to shape you and to mold you in a majestical and graceful way.

3. Surrender.

Surrender to what is.

4. Let go.

Let go of fixed plans and concepts and allow events to follow their natural course.

5. Accept.

Accept life unconditionally and trust that it’s all happening for your highest good.

6. Embrace.

Embrace with grace all that you face.

7. Be soft.

Be soft, fluid and yielding, just like water is, and you will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.

8. Trust.

Trust the wisdom of life more than your own wisdom.

9. Treasure the moment.

Treasure the moment. Don’t let it pass by you unnoticed.

10. Be of good cheer.

Be of good cheer, there is always another way.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Exercise Performance While Making It Feel Easier

Video Source: TED

Are you already thinking about that New Year’s resolution to get back to the gym and back into shape? If so, take a moment to watch this fun, eye-opening Ted Talk by Social Psychologist, Emily Balcetis. In the video, Balcetis shows us how our perspective literally shapes our reality, and how it can work for or against us.

Some people, she says, quite literally see the glass half-full, while others see it half-empty. She gives a couple examples from studies that show that dieter’s see apples as larger than those who aren’t dieting, and baseballs look smaller to players who have just come out of a slump than those who have not.

And she sites an amazing study that shows that people who voted for Obama saw his skin as much lighter than those who voted against him.

Perception is personal and relative. What we think we see as “reality” is really something that has been filtered through our own mind’s eye with all its beliefs and expectations.

Balcetis decided to do a couple studies to find out if perspective and/or approach can effect the way a person experiences their exercise routine, and the answer she got was “yes.” Watch the video above to find out how her studies were conducted.

For your New Year’s Resolution purposes, I’m going to cut to the chase and just give you the three proven ways you can bettering your exercise performance while simultaneously making it seem easier.

IMPROVE YOUR EXERCISE & MAKE IT SEEM EASIER

1. Commit to a manageable goal that you believe you can attain.
2. Be motivated to achieve it.
3. Keep your eyes on the prize (on your finish line or goal).


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How To Use Chakra Healing To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

In the video above, I begin by sharing the crazy story of how Dr. Masaru Emoto’s “Words On Water” research helped me heal my root chakra. It was such a powerful turning point in my life, because it got me to deeply question how I could share the same kind of healing with others, which led to me inventing my Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™.

If you already know my story, or you just want to get right into the nitty-gritty of which chakra is related to your New Year’s Resolution, then begin the video at 2:55 (but the story is pretty good).

You may not have known this, but your resolution (or other change you want to make in your life) is related to one of your chairs. This is good news, because you can actually target a particular chakra for healing and get your energy field inline with your mental intentions.

Below, I’ve created a little list that shows you which chakra directly influences the area of life you want to shift with your New Year’s resolution. Once you determine which chakra(s) you want to target, I  recommend you look at two of my healing-related chakra articles to find out:

1) Why crystals heal and which ones are best for each chakra

2) Which healing method is best for each chakra

See if you can find your resolution (or a related one) below, and then target your healing practice toward the particular chakra in which it “resides.” This should increase the probability of you successfully keeping your resolution, and it may make it a little easier too.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. It covers 3-5 of the most common resolutions for each chakra.

Your Chakras & The Common New Year’s Resolutions That Relate To Them

1st Chakra (Root)

Getting More Organized

Making More Money

Progressing In Your Career

Being Stronger & More Fit

Getting Out Into Nature More

2nd Chakra (Sacral)

Improving Your Sex Life

Being More Creative (Taking On Creative Classes)

Boosting Fertility & Getting Pregnant

Being More Joyful & Playful

Being Less Controlling

3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)

Increasing Your Confidence

Overcoming Procrastination & Taking More Decisive Action

Being More Focused & Goal-Oriented

Having More Presence & Charisma

Boosting Your Personal Power (No More Being a “Doormat”)

4th Chakra (Heart)

Being More Kind & Compassionate

Sharing More Love with Those Around You

Feeling More at Peace

Engaging in Energy Healing

5th Chakra (Throat)

Expressing Yourself More: Singing, Dancing, Talking, Journaling, etc.

Being More Honest/True To Yourself

Stepping Into Your Deepest Purpose

6th Chakra (Brow)

Increasing Your Imagination & Envisioning

Cultivating Your Psychic Abilities

Listening to Your Intuition & Higher Self

7th Chakra (Crown)

Meditating More Often

Feeling More Inspired

Connecting More Fully to the Divine (As You Know It)

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May your 2015 be amazing!

Love and blessings,

Vicki

vicki howieVicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). Check out her new book “The Key to Your Chakras” here on amazon.com. Vicki is also the Creator of Chakra Love and the Chakra Life Cycle System®, as well as the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News. You can visit her website chakraboosters.comfacebook page and youtube channel for lots of free chakra info and gifts. Vicki’s biggest joy is to help you unleash your full chakra power and step into your highest potential.




20 New Year’s Resolutions for News, Journalism and Social Media

A few suggested ways to improve your media habits in the year ahead.

By Christian Christensen | Common Dreams

1. Avoid use of headlines and writing of tweets that misrepresent and/or oversimplify the content of linked-to articles. Headlines matter as they frame the stories for users.

2. Call racism “racism”.

3. Call sexism “sexism”.

4. Call terrorism “terrorism”, and be consistent in the use of the term regardless of the ethnicity, religion, national origin and ideological motivation(s) of the perpetrator(s).

5. Reduce the spread of graphic photos that serve the interests of the terrorists and clicks more than journalism and the public interest. The choice to not spread is also the exercise of free speech rights.

6. Don’t spread unconfirmed rumors during a time of crisis. That only serves to increase fear, instability and (possibly) life-threatening danger. The same goes for unconfirmed death-toll numbers.

7. Avoid the use of natural disaster terminology (“flood”, “tsunami”, “deluge”, “swarm”) to describe migrants and refugees. These are humans.

8. Call out attempts at phony journalistic “balance” when the issue at hand has no credible/rational/intellectual oppositional argument (like the impact of human activity on global warming).

9. Remind yourself that social media platforms are not “neutral”. They are huge, profit-hungry enterprises. That impacts their decisions.

10. Remind others that boycotting a publisher, or blocking people on Twitter, isn’t censorship. Misuse of the term makes rational debate difficult.

11. Journalism should not treat Feminism as a “special interest” topic. Sexism is real. Women make up the majority of the earth’s human population. Men are in the minority. Feminism is a general interest topic that should be normalized.

12. News organizations that discriminate against women who appear on-screen on the basis of their age and/or appearance are sexist, and perpetuate sexism.

13. Pundits and commentators who appear on air, and are interviewed in print, do not have carte blanche to say anything without push-back. Being labeled an “expert” should not be a green light to bullshit.

14. Diversify commentators beyond the standard group of ex-politicians, military and fellow journalists. Bring in activists, unions, non-profits and well-informed community leaders, and make a concerted effort to have gender balance.

15. Eliminate the use of language created by PR companies to make bad things sound neutral: collateral damage, enhanced interrogation, friendly fire, native advertising, downsizing,etc.

16. Realize that good, vibrant local news is really, really important…and support it.

17. Support Public Service Broadcasting, if it exists where you live. If it disappears, you will miss it.

18. Remember that the popular is also political.

19. Don’t superimpose worldviews. The world extends beyond the US and Europe. What is not dissent in Sweden, for example, may very well be dissent somewhere else. How media are used may be very different. And the law. And social norms. And access to the Internet. And access to electricity.

20. Follow a lot of journalists and news organizations diametrically opposed to your politics. Know your opponent.

Christian Christensen, American in Sweden, is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrChristensen

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20 One-Sentence Resolutions We All Need To Make (& You’ll Actually Want To Keep) in 2017

By Mark Denicola | Collective Evolution

A big part of our 2017 game plan is the setting of New Year’s resolutions, which by definition involves a firm decision to start or stop doing something as the calendar turns. Setting the resolutions is always easy; actually sticking to them is where things become difficult, as it’s often only a matter of weeks before we slip back into the habits we were looking to correct.

Having personally set numerous resolutions in the past, both at New Years and at other random points throughout the year, I know just how important it is to make and stick to healthy changes in our lives. Hoping to make some positive resolutions as easy as possible for you, I offer 20 one-sentence resolutions I believe we all need to make in 2017 — unless of course you’ve already mastered them.

1. To Stop Running From Your Problems

No matter how long you’ve “effectively” done it, believe it or not, you cannot run from something forever. Running from your problems may seem easier at the mind level in the moment you flee, but deep down it’s doing much more harm than directly addressing it ever could. Think about it: Rather than choosing to tackle it head on, you’ve been consciously choosing to let it fester inside you, most likely along with fear, self-doubt, and a whole whack of other unhealthy feelings.

2. To Be a Good Listener

The best test to determine whether or not you are a good listener is to take note of whether you actually focus on something someone else is telling you, or if you instead find yourself already thinking about your reply. Good listeners are becoming harder to come by in this world, so owning this resolution is also sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

3. To Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Thanks to the world of social media, mental comparison has never been easier. Keep in mind that the majority of what you see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and pretty well every other platform is a collection of each individual’s highlight reels. They all likely have just as many challenges, “ugly days,” and mundane tasks as you do, so stop putting your whole reality up against the filtered best that they have to offer.

4. To Invest in Your Future

Rather than spending more money on a useless accessory, make your next purchase something that invests in your future. Whether it be a personal development book or an online course, there are plenty of tools out there that can help take you to the next level.

5. To Stop Watching the News

There are few resolutions I appreciate more than my decision to cut the mainstream news out of my life. While some of what is presented is certainly valuable and worth knowing about, the vast majority, in my opinion, does nothing but lock us into divisive and even crippling states of fear, anger, and suspicion.

6. To Take Responsibility for What You Are Currently Blaming Others For

As much as someone else may have played a prominent role in a challenging experience, we always contribute to it at some level. Rather than continuing to play the blame game and seeing yourself as a victim, take responsibility for your part in it and choose to move on.

7. To Stop Eating Out So Often

While choosing not to prepare and pack your own meals will certainly save you time, it’s amazing how quickly that decision adds up to take a toll on your wallet. Want to cut back on unnecessary costs? There is no easier way than by committing to making your own meals at least a certain number of times per week. Added bonus? You’ll be eating healthier food, too.

8. To Spend More Time Outdoors

Whether or not you consider yourself a lover of the outdoors, technology has made regular time outside flat out mandatory. Give your body a regular break from radiation, WiFi, and other frequencies by leaving all of your tech at home and spending some quality time in nature.

9. To Stop Waiting for the Perpetual Tomorrow

We all have goals and dreams, and rather than taking immediate action on attaining them, we always choose to put it off for tomorrow. The unfortunate thing is that far too often tomorrow never comes. Stop putting your goals on hold and start building your legacy the moment that the idea sparks into your head.

10. To Spend Less Time Glued to Our Phones

Every day, the list of things we cannot accomplish through our phones grows smaller. While this represents quite the technological feat, it is also quite worrisome for our health, interpersonal skills, and other essential parts of the human experience. Continue to embrace the power your phone boasts, but commit to also dedicating daily time away from it.

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