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Activities for a sustainable happiness

It quickly becomes clear then that choosing a life of love requires us to change just about every aspect of our lives – to change how we spend our days. It involves shifting our lifestyle away from consumption and toward more sustainable happiness and or beneficial activities such as:

  • spending more time with friends and family

  • spending more time out in nature

  • biking or taking public transit

  • collaborating with others (i.e., sharing tools, bartering for services or produce, carpooling/ride-sharing)

  • exercising

  • playing music

  • becoming more self-reliant (i.e., learning how to repair belongings, sewing, growing food or taking skill-building classes)

  • learning how to cook with local, sustainable produce

  • outdoor activities

  • reading

  • buying or finding used equipment, clothing, furniture, appliances, etc. (i.e., from thrift or consignment stores, craigslist, ebay, freecycle programs, hand-me-downs from neighbors or family)

  • joining a local sustainability community

  • volunteering on local sustainability projects

  • possibly even downshifting from a higher paying job toward something that earns less but has a more sustainable, beneficial impact on the world


Happiness and sustainable behavior

The inevitable question arises then – ‘but will I be happy living this new way?’ Fortunately, the answer is a resounding yes! Happiness studies have exploded over the last decade and have found a great deal of evidence linking altruistic and sustainable behavior to happiness.


There are three essential steps for living sustainably:

  1. SIMPLIFYING: Simplifying as much as possible – minimizing clutter in all areas of life – is the first of two essential steps for kick-starting a sustainable life.

  2. TAKING A FULL INVENTORY: Taking a thorough inventory of ones life – our purchases of products and services, our modes of transportation, etc. is the second critical step. It helps us really understand how we are living now in order to identify and shift away from unsustainable choices.

  3. MAKING A LIFELONG COMMITMENT: An earnest, lifelong commitment to make the most loving choice each and every time. The first two steps build sustainability into our lives, making this commitment easier to keep. It also gets easier as our satisfaction with our new lifestyle grows.

Source: www.globalstewards.org


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