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'Twas The Day After Christmas

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?

These Eco-Friendly Artists Are Dreaming Of A Plastic Free Christmas

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.25.2014 | Arts

White Christmases are so 2013. This year we're taking a hint from our favorite artistic-activist collective Luzinterruptus and dreaming of a plasti...

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 12.25.2014 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

Does Wanting More Put Me on the Naughty or Nice List?

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

Wanting money for money's sake is bad, but needing money to maintain a certain quality of life is good. But what exactly does that mean? What is this elusive future "life"? And just what does it cost to maintain it?

How to Save the World -- A Simple Answer

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Deepak Chopra

Divisive thinking doesn't settle anger or fear but fuels both. In our common future, the problem is always the same everywhere--acting against our own happiness. The solution is to stop doing this and to find a new way to be happy.

Consumed By Our Consumer Society

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Impulse buying has none of these elements -- you see it, it sings to you, you want to possess it, you might deliberate for a few seconds about the fact that you don't really need or maybe you cannot really afford it, and then you buy it anyway because practical factors don't really play a part in the decision.

Will Pope Francis Put His Institution Where His Values Are?

David Morris | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
David Morris

When he personally delivers his message on January 1st, I trust the Pope will point out that there is no other institution more capable of generating a "mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself" than the one he himself leads.

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 12.16.2014 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

4 Meaningful Holiday Gifts for Children

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Between the nonstop television commercials, the sales flyers and the email blasts, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the focus on consumerism all around us during the holidays.

You Can't Have These Tech Gadgets for Christmas

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.11.2014 | Technology
Dieter Holger

There are lots of gadgets that you can have this Xmas, but what about the ones you can't have?

Three Gift Giving Rules for Your Happiest Holiday Yet

Damian Bazadona | Posted 12.03.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Damian Bazadona

So, while you won't see this listed on retailers' websites whose core focus is simply to sell you things, I propose three core reasons why using your holiday shopping as an opportunity to invest in your loved ones' experiential equity will make this year, for you and the people you love, a magical one.

There Is Life After Black Friday

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

What about happiness as an attitude that comes from within and gets nurtured by things that are not bought? Like sitting in silence observing nature, reaching out to a friend, helping someone who doesn't expect it?

Poetic Photographs Of Plastic Bags Shed Light On Our Consumer Society

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts

"There are some 500 billion plastic bags every year in the world," photographer Alain Delorme exclaimed to The Huffington Post. "Made in a few seconds...

The Terror of Consumerism

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

It is established that the role of parents can never be diminished in such a context. What can we do guard our little men and ladies from the terror of consumerism? Here are a few things...

The Race to Zero: Time to Rethink 'Discount' Mentality

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Gregg S. Lipman

Leading with low prices cheapens your brand. Sure, people will rush out to buy your product, prompting a spike in sales. But at the same time, customers will be so focused on price they will lose sight of the intrinsic value in paying full retail price.

The Bright Side of Black Friday

Francine LeFrak | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Black Friday has the power to do good. This day of extreme consumerism, this day that that causes stampedes in the name of giving gifts, can give the greatest gift of all -- the promise of a brighter future.

Surreal Collages Are Basically 1950s Advertisements On Acid

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts

In the 1950s, the American Dream was the picture perfect image of domestic bliss, often including immaculate aprons, high heels, piping hot ham and pe...

Viral Video on Man on His Knees Reflects Modern Life in Asia

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

The video is unsettling: A Vietnamese tourist on his knees begging a Chinese storeowner in Singapore for his money back after trying to purchase an iPhone 6. Within minutes the video goes viral, capturing headlines across Asia.

How Sustainable Luxury Can Save The Planet

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Dr. Gjoko Muratovski People care about themselves, their children, their animals and then the environment - in that order. Guilt, sha...

Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 3

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

Even as we all know that there are many stumbles along the way to emotional intelligence and wisdom (the journey to developing emotional intelligence is a long and windy one), it is so helpful to get a fuller sense of what is possible and what emotional health looks like in action.

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

If the past fifty years has taught us anything, it is that one should never project the next fifty years. People and their needs remain constant. Little else seems to be very stable.

Jaime Scholnick and Sandra Low: Of Cheese-Wiz and Polystyrene

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Love, hate, pleasure, fascination. These are the shared conceptual territories explored in the stylistically disparate practices of painter Sandra Low and painter/sculptor Jaime Scholnick -- showing together for the first time at the Rio Hondo College Art Gallery in Cultural Gumbo.

How Fear Of Death Could Make You Splurge

The New York Times | Anna North | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

If you’re trying to sell something, consider putting a tombstone in your ad. It might seem macabre, but a new study suggests that thinking about dea...

Rebuild the Economy, Stupid!

Zack Exley | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Zack Exley

America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.

More vs Enough -- Time to Re-Set Our Cultural Values

Rob Kall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Rob Kall

This article explores what I think has become just about a mental illness -- the desire for "more" and the corollary "bigger." This is a disorder that...