Well-being posts

A list of well-being posts from the Econation Blog.

Affordable housing

Affordable housing is established on two main costs, namely the cost of the land and the cost of the build. The cost of land is a complicated issue which we'll reserve for another post. However, it is worth noting here that, amongst other things, the size of the section/lot is a factor in its cost. As for the build, [...]

The two keys to business sustainability

Sustainability and well-being have a lot to do with what people consume. What people consume has a lot to do with what businesses produce. What businesses produce has a lot to do with their goals and the decisions they make to achieve them. If businesses are to achieve sustainability and contribute to well-being there are two key questions they [...]

The Benefits of Dancing

There are many, varied benefits of dancing. Dancing is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you lose weight, stay flexible, reduce stress and make friends. Dancing also helps the environment because you are not consuming resources. Here are some of the benefits of dancing: Improve Flexibility Dancing increases flexibility [...]

Survive mindset or Thrive mindset

In a letter to Rachel Carson, Thomas Merton discussed one of the fundamental ills of modern society, namely heedless technological progress. Merton's argument makes a compelling case that this type of progress derives from what I would call a survive-at-any-cost mindset. In order to progress our humanity, we need to change to a much wiser thrive-at-least-cost mindset. The release [...]

The Benefits of Sustainability

The many benefits of sustainability are far-reaching. Sustainability maintains the health and biocapacity of the environment. Sustainability supports the well-being of individuals and the thriving of communities. Sustainability promotes a better economy where there is little waste and pollution, fewer emissions, more jobs, and a better distribution of wealth. Getting the priorities right It is important to consider where individuals and [...]

The cardinal virtues of sustainability

In The Republic Plato described the four key virtues of a good person: prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude. It is not surprising that these virtues have a huge part to play in the practice of sustainability. Temperance Temperance means self-restraint, moderation and discretion. In terms of sustainability, Temperance is probably the most obvious of the virtues. The virtue of [...]

The importance of self-care

Written by Shannon Dowdall, Student, AUT We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times. Given that it is mental health awareness month this October, now [...]

Social consumption

Social consumption has declined because consumption is becoming increasingly solitary. Put another way, people are spending more time consuming alone. This has consequences for mental well-being, social well-being and environmental well-being. With the advent of cheaper electronic goods like televisions, stereos, personal computers, tablets and smartphones people isolate themselves much more than in the past. Our ever-present new technologies [...]

The benefits of walking

If you walk instead of driving you're doing the planet a favour by reducing carbon emissions. However, there are many other benefits of walking. A regular walk has been called a 'Constitutional' because it aids the well-being of your physical and mental constitution. Just 30 minutes walking a day can have the following benefits. Improves heart health Any regular [...]

Do what you really want to do

"The minute you do what you really want to do, it's really a different kind of life" – Buckminster Fuller Do you do what you really want to do in you work? If you don't here are some very good reasons why you definitely should. 1. You will enjoy life more When you are not happy with your work, [...]

The importance of relationships

Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Study after study reveal this, including one of the longest ever studies of human well-being. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too,” said Robert Waldinger, the director of the Harvard Study of Adult [...]

Extrinsic vs intrinsic

There is a deep divide between what our economy provides and what makes people well. Our economy is focussed on providing extrinsic rewards when people are more genuinely motivated and rewarded by intrinsic satisfactions. If you go to university to learn and fulfil yourself, these are intrinsic benefits. If you go to university to get a degree, that is [...]

Life is easy

I strongly encourage you to watch this TEDx talk. It's a little bit cheeky to have a blog post that is a Youtube video, but I could have banged on for ages like I often do and never have got across what Jon Jandai, a Thai farmer does in 15 minutes so plainly. It's a powerful message about well-being from a [...]

More good with less

We say 'Do more good with less'. 'Do more with less' is a catch-cry in the sustainability movement but it is also a catch-cry for businesses who despoil the environment. The point is that doing more with less is fine if what you are doing is good – but what if it's bad? Modern western economies seem to be obsessed [...]

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This is amplified by the unrelenting bombardment of advertising and promotional messages the average person faces every single day. Needless to say, the economy is an [...]

The benefits of the modest lemon

Throughout history people have used taken advantage of the benefits of the modest lemon. People have used lemons not just as a flavourful food ingredient but also for its health and other practical benefits. The following (incomplete) list of benefits will hopefully motivate everyone to plant a lemon tree now. Culinary benefits of lemons Lemons have a sour citric [...]

Too much!

It's all too much! The following list of data* highlights the fact that people in modern economies, like America, have too much stuff. Not only is it more stuff than is needed for a life of well-being, but it is also weighing us down, it is a burden in the true sense of the word. 1. There are 300,000 items in [...]

Creative consumption

The 'consumption' of creative goods and activities is more sustainable than the consumption of purely material goods. A creative economy is where production and consumption involves the processing of ideas, symbols, and emotional experiences rather than the dissipation of energy and the break­down of matter. A study done by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed that there was a negative relationship between energy [...]

The LAW of good health

LAW stands for Light Air Water. These three things are essential for life. They are probably the most crucial 'nutrients' and yet too many people take them for granted and don’t factor them into their health plans. Light People need adequate exposure to daylight to provide optimum health. Spending time in the sunshine lifts peoples’ moods and the opposite tends to depress people. SAD (seasonal affect [...]

The Humble Onion

There is nothing more humble than an onion. They are cheap, plentiful and easy to grow yourself. Onions are a staple ingredient in the cuisine of many cultures worldwide. These savoury root bulbs are one of the most versatile vegetables and can be consumed raw or cooked, imparting a delicious flavour to many different styles of meals. Discoveries over the [...]