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Waste-Free Feasting Waste-Free Feasting
How to Reduce Holiday Food Waste

The heaping platters that cheerfully mark the holidays have an unfortunate downside: Americans increase their waste by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to...

Refresh Holiday Traditions Refresh Holiday Traditions
Making the Old New and Green

Celebrating classic holiday traditions the same way we always have—and maybe the way our parents and grandparents did—is part of the rich family heritage we...

The Generous Heart The Generous Heart
How Giving Transforms Us

One of the ways we come into balance and connection with each other and with life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity or compassion, it helps...

Surgeon Mary Neal on: Surgeon Mary Neal on:
Lessons From Heaven

In 1999, while kayaking on the Fuy River in Chile, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal became trapped beneath a waterfall and drowned. She was underwater for 30 minutes before the current pulled her out. During that time, Neal experienced...

Perfect Pet Presents Perfect Pet Presents
Safe and Eco-Smart Toys

The pet aisles are so full of squeaking, plush and colorful toys it can make a dog or cat parent’s head spin like a Frisbee. Add blinking lights, flavors, promises of higher intelligence or...

Kids With Gratitude Kids With Gratitude
Making Thankfulness Second Nature

This Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart...

CHASING ZZZZZs CHASING ZZZZZs
How to Put Insomnia to Rest

Tossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular...

ZENFUL EATING ZENFUL EATING
Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude

In Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century...

ANTIQUES RISING ANTIQUES RISING
Discovering the Green in 'Brown’ Furniture

Fast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of...

Click and Sweat Click and Sweat
Virtual Workouts Change the Game

Welcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with...

URBAN CHICKENS URBAN CHICKENS
Coming Home to Roost

Locavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are...

ENOUGH FOR ALL ENOUGH FOR ALL
In Pursuit of Grateful Living

Grateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground—always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great...

Paws to Consider Paws to Consider
Best Friends Waiting for Homes

Wade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat...

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM
Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive

"When I feel like I really want to get angry and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old...

The Art of the Nap The Art of the Nap
Unplugging From Life Without Apology

Children, four-legged family members, Thanksgiving overeaters and the occasional squirrel on a branch have mastered an art that eludes most of us, and they engage in it without...

ANIMAL ASANAS ANIMAL ASANAS
Goats on the Yoga Mat

When 50 to 60 strangers gather in a barn for their first goat yoga experience, it’s a bit awkward and there’s not much interaction—until the goats come in...

RETHINKING OUR STUFF RETHINKING OUR STUFF
Moving Toward a Circular Economy

When Yale researcher Reid Lifset began working on waste issues on a life cycle basis—from “cradle to grave”—it was mostly the world’s geeks and nerds that paid attention...