The United States generates an enormous amount of waste that presents a serious threat to our environment and wildlife. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans produced approximately 258 million tons of trash just in 2014. Recycling and “going green” are ways to reduce the amount of waste each of us produces. But just how much of a difference can we make by being more aware of our wasteful habits and working to reduce them?
It seems as though every time we turn around, the world has increased its pace by five-fold, placing more and more demands on our time. Meanwhile, current discourse seems to be lacking in basic courtesy and civility, we feel more isolated than ever from friends and family, and society in general has become more polarized. All of this can leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. If this is the case, it may be an excellent opportunity for you to look into starting some self-care, built around a solid meditation practice.
Aside from baking cookies and singing holiday songs, one of the other big traditions at this time of year is to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately, there is an entire bookstore’s worth of self-help books that can help you figure out what you need to do to actually accomplish the goals you’ve set out for yourself.
We all know that the holidays can be very busy, stressful, and hectic. Family, money, and social obligations can all combine to leave us feeling depressed and anxious during the winter festivities. In fact, several national surveys have shown that there is a trend of increased stress and worry, starting around October and continuing on until right after the New Year.
Fall is often seen as a transitional season. The warmth and carefree fun of summer starts to cool down as we begin to draw ourselves inward in preparation for winter. As part of this transition, we also often start to look toward our goals for the upcoming year and how we can achieve them. There are many personal growth books that offer to help you improve yourself—from your intimate relationships to your physical health to your financial acumen.