Well-being posts

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

At one with the universe

One of the consequences of having self-awareness is the feeling that you are separate, and not at one with the universe. Feeling separate leads to existential angst. However we are not really separate at all. It is true that we are differentiated from other things but not for long. The atoms in our bodies are being continuously recycled through the [...]

Pursue wisdom 

The most important truth for all humans to face up to is that, in the words of Frederick Nietzsche, we are not finished yet. We are not fully evolved. We are not perfect. Indeed, a lot of what we think and do is unevolved. We can do better. But what is better? To answer this is to become wise. [...]

Be true to yourself

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor [...]

The Ways of Sustainabilism

Sustainabilism is the approach for achieving environmentally sustainable human well-being. Econation’s mission is to highlight the ways that enhance and contribute to the wellbeing of both people and planet. We also uncover and criticise the ways that harm the wellbeing of both people and planet. It just so happens that generally speaking what is best for people is best [...]

Not-to-do list

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” – Lao Tzu Lao Tzu’s advice is an age-old truism. Antoine de Saint-Exupery said something akin: “​[a] designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” And E.F. Schumacher said: “Any [...]

Getting ahead

Most people are trying to get ahead, but ahead of what? It is common to think that getting ahead has to do with increasing wealth. This idea is perpetuated by an economic system that in the beginning alleviated scarcity and poverty. However, we long ago overcame these debilitations. By 1970 the vast majority of people in the western world described [...]

Altruism*

Altruism is when you help someone without conditions. It is the opposite of greed and selfishness. This unconditional care and support goes toward creating a pool of goodwill that anyone can dip into in times of need. It might be volunteering at a school working bee, helping a stranger who has tripped over or needs his car pushed, helping [...]

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

There are many diverse benefits of sustainability. Sustainability maintains the health and biocapacity of the environment. Sustainability supports the well-being of individuals and 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 society [...]

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 [...]