21 Easy Hacks to Simplify Your Life “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” – Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta If you’re trying to simplify your life, it’s best to follow the four simple steps I’ve outlined before — it’s just the simplest method. But sometimes life gets in the way, and you need a workaround, some way to get past your usual obstacles and to trick yourself into keeping things simple. I use these “hacks” myself (in this case, “hacks” refers to workarounds or tricks to reach your goal), and I’ve found them to be effective in many cases. Also, don’t try to implement all of them — that would be far from simple. Simple tricks to simplify your life: Three-box decluttering. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale
Healing from Depression - NEC Article Recent publicity for Mental Health Awareness Month and Depression Screening Day encouraged people of all ages and walks of life to become more aware of mental health and to go to a depression screening if they felt the need. A common feature at a depression screening is a checklist. The one I was given was printed by a large drug company and had 20 items to respond to. If I said yes to 5 or more of the feelings and felt that way for two weeks or more, I would likely be diagnosed with "major depression." One media report stated that 70 percent of those who attend a depression screening will go on to receive treatment. What kinds of treatment will be offered? I agree with each of us pausing to assess our emotional well being, yet I am concerned with how quickly medication is given to individuals as the "quick fix" solution to problems. Some professionals look at depression as the need of people to feel greater connection-to family, friends and the community, to the world around them.
Suicide: Read This First If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It will only take about five minutes. I do not want to talk you out of your bad feelings. I am not a therapist or other mental health professional - only someone who knows what it is like to be in pain. I don't know who you are, or why you are reading this page. I only know that for the moment, you're reading it, and that is good. I have known a lot of people who have wanted to kill themselves, so I have some small idea of what you might be feeling. Well, you're still reading, and that's very good. Start by considering this statement: Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. That's all it's about. Don't accept it if someone tells you, "That's not enough to be suicidal about." When pain exceeds pain-coping resources, suicidal feelings are the result. Now I want to share with you five things to think about... Well, it's been a few minutes and you're still with me.
We Can't Stop Listening To Bikini Kill's New 'Ocean Song Guess who’s back, back again? Bikini Kill is back – tell a friend (or five)! The OG riot grrrls are reissuing their Revolution Girl Style Now! album with unreleased titles including, “Playground” and “Ocean Song.” In an exclusive interview with The New York Times, singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna goes way back to the demo tape days and explains the reissuing of Revolution Girl Style Now! As riot grrrls, Bikini Kill was a part of the second-wave of feminism – they experienced the reclaiming of the word woman, yet were still left out as “girls.” Hanna describes going back to the demo tapes as less embarrassing [than she had initially thought], and more hilarious than anything. This album is for new and old fans alike (especially if you’re a revolutionary girl) and is set to be released on September 22. If you can’t wait (like us here at BUST), the newest track, “Ocean Song,” was just released, and you can listen below (we definitely cannot stop jamming out): Image via NPR.
10 Powerful Quotes to Read When We’re Feeling Stuck. - Love, Lust or Addiction As someone with a keen interest in empowerment and choice, I recently conducted a survey about feeling “stuck”—what triggers it, how we feel about it and what we do in response. More than 500 people around the world responded. Not surprisingly, responses revealed that every single one of us―regardless of age, race, gender and geography―feels stuck from time to time. Jobs, relationships and habits/behavior patterns were called out as causing the most heartburn. And, in response, the overwhelming majority reported feeling sad or depressed. Here’s where the results get really interesting: nearly two-thirds of respondents said they wanted to make a change, and nearly half were ready to do so. I believe life’s too short to feel sad, unempowered and holding our collective breath, because “stuck” is a feeling like “hungry” or “cold.” But we must remember that it’s not cement. The truth is that we’re all lucky to have choices; we just have to be brave enough to makethem. “Be miserable.
These Nude Portraits Will Change The Way You See Beauty (NSFW) We all know that heavily Photoshopped images don’t accurately depict the human form, yet it’s still easy to become lulled into believing that idealized bodies are relatively uniform. Photographic subjects are too often deemed attractive or not, depending on seemingly arbitrary cultural ideologies. We see fine art and the media portray women as familiar hourglasses; men are often pictured with authoritative stances and broad shoulders. In her new series “Illusions of the Body,” the photographer Gracie Hagen sheds light on just how manipulated the images we consume can be. Using a diverse set of models of all shapes, Hagen shoots two images, one in which the subject is posed in a stance that makes him or her conventionally “attractive” (left) and one that is conventionally unflattering (right), highlighting what our culture might consider flaws or blemishes. Hagen explains that the images are intended “to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like.”
6 Misconceptions Sober People Have About Addicts For Addicts, every day brings increasingly painful hardships that involve physical, emotional and psychological repercussions. Few demographics are as misunderstood or misrepresented as the chemically dependent. In fact, addicts are some of the most negatively portrayed and unfairly stereotyped groups in the media. While addiction myths are nothing more than scare tactics, these half-truths have actually made it harder for us to seek treatment and lead some kind of “normal” life. Thanks, in large part, to the persistent stigmas of addiction, we’re socially shackled to our disease. Asking for help means we risk social humiliation and a variety of negative relationship changes – many of which stem from a misunderstanding of addiction. No one in their right mind would choose to live the life of an addict. Dr. We’re ready to come out of the shadows; we’re ready for you to know the truth. But, before we can create a positive change, we must first dispel the 6 myths about Addicts: Page 1 of 2
Why teaching is 'not like making motorcars' Teacher: Education is broken Educator says the school system is broken and must focus on individualsSir Ken Robinson: Schools today work like factoriesRobinson: "The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars"Comments came in an interview after the recent TED Conference (CNN) -- Sir Ken Robinson says our education system works like a factory. It's based on models of mass production and conformity that actually prevent kids from finding their passions and succeeding, he said. "The problem is that educating young people is not like making motorcars -- at all," the author and educator said in a recent interview. "And one key difference is that motorcars have no interest in how they're made, and young people do." Robinson, author of "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything," spoke to CNN after a recent lecture at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Watch a 2006 "TED talk" with Ken Robinson "We can't just improve [schools]," he said.
Critically and commercially successful postmodernist novels such as Slaughterhouse Five and The Book of Daniel present themsel The combined silence Critically and commercially successful postmodernist novels such as Slaughterhouse Five and The Book of Daniel present themselves, ironically, as ‘failures’ - as evidence of the inability the narrator/author to compose a coherent narrative or text, to ‘make sense’ of experience or interpret history intelligibly. Discuss the functions and effects of the trope of ‘failure’ and authorial ‘impotence’ in any set text(s). By the time Roland Barthes announced the death of the author more writers were engaged with the idea their novels should not formulate meaning for the reader. If a coherent narrative is one which layers a possible history over the reader’s world view and attempts to stretch the spaces between images so that they correlate inconspicuously then it hands responsibility of interpretation with the reader. The differend is the unstable state and instant of language wherein something which must be able to be put into phrases cannot yet be. bibliography