I think I can, I think I can…
Need some motivation with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Online Lists can help keep you on track, or if you like to write things down, you can try these Printable calendars, price book pages, and budget sheets.
Vote green with your dollar:
- by refusing to support these 100 un-environmentally friendly companies (via Green Daily);
- by shopping small and local businesses whose practices you support (Walmart and McDonald’s were the only Dow gainers last year, let’s make that a one time thing);
- and by using the Good Guide to steer you toward more eco-friendly choices.
The average American spends four hours a day in front of the TV. That’s 28 hours a week, 112 hours a month, 2 months a year. (Two months a year!)
Studies indicate outdoor play leads to coginitive and health benefits, and that the more green your neighborhood, the better the effects on weight and health.
Get in Shape:
In addition to making you healthier, happier and less stressed, exercise may make you smarter.
A full quarter of the crud dirtying up our oceans…. cigarette butts. Yuck.
Try reading How to Quit Smoking Without Losing Your Mind, which makes an interesting point on why it’s so hard, emotionally, to kick the habit:
For years, I dealt with unwanted feelings by smoking until they disappeared. When I had an argument with someone, I ended it by excusing myself to have a cigarette. If I thought I was about to cry, I smoked. As a person with no small level of social anxiety, I can tell you that having an addiction that allowed me to step outside of parties and stand by myself for upwards of ten minutes per hour was quite useful.
Um, yep. That sounds about right.
The typical American reads four books a year (not included in that count are the one in four that read no books!).
Only one out of every six reads more than a book a month.
Yes, I read them too, but certainly we can do better than that!
Here’s a dire thought: how many Americans, do you think, read only those four books last year?
43% of all literary readers perform volunteer and charity work compared to 17% of non-literary readers. The more books people read the more active and involved they are in their communities through volunteerism, philanthropy, and politics.
Reading makes you a better person!
Go read something!
For Bonus Inspiration:
How to Achieve Anything
For No Good Reason:
My sister-in-law’s delicious risotto with leeks and mushrooms (Molly, I don’t even like mushrooms, and I was kicking myself that I didn’t score some of the leftovers)
And a (fake) trailer for the Thundercats movie. THIS. IS. AWESOME.
(embedded video, click through to view)