Movements, challenges, campaigns - it does not matter what you choose to call them, I love the way they bring people together locally and globally through our shared interests. You may already support many worthy causes via various campaigns, but I put this collection together because these campaigns all benefit you personally - not in an altruistic way either, but in a more direct way that improves your wellbeing.
It turns out that our smartphones which we carry for the convenience of being permanently connected to everyone and knowing everything immediately are actually stressing us out. So can you go without yours? I've abstained for the past few weekends and I've found that I'm more relaxed by Sunday afternoon and enjoy the time more. If a weekend is not challenging enough for you, try a month like Leo Babauta
Once you've abandoned your smartphone for the weekend you may find that you have a bit more time. So instead of rushing around and grabbing ready meals off supermarket shelves or opting for unsatisfying takeaways, spend some time enjoying making some seasonal, nutritious and delicious food. It will taste even better if enjoyed with friends. The Slow Food Movement is global movement to help us reconnect ourselves with where our food comes from and how it is produced.
Sleep is essential for wellbeing. “If you’re not feeling well, you aren’t going to be as effective, or as creative, or as productive.” This movement spearheaded by Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington is simple - get more sleep. Watch her TED talk on this subject in 6 Tips to Become Invincible.
This movement was started by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney. Cutting down on meat, not only significantly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with livestock production, but also boosts your health. So opt for a meat-free meal once a week to create less pollution, enjoy cleaner air and save money. The Meat Free Monday website
has more information on how you can get involved. You can also get this book if you want to dine like Sir Paul McCartney and support the campaign.
This movement is a bit like the 100 Things Challenge above in that it's about curbing excessive consumerism. You're encouraged to buy used, get stuff fixed, recycle, freecycle, support local and spend money on services and experiences. Spending money on experiences instead of stuff can make you happier. How much could you save if you stopped buying new stuff for a year (likeJen and Ben Galee
), a month or just a day
It's often the small things that make us happy. This campaign is simply to take a photo of one thing that makes you happy every day for 100 consecutive days. Publish your photo on facebook, twitter or instagam with the #100HAPPYDAYS hashtag. "The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness for any human being."
Is 100 consecutive days just too much happiness for you? How about abandoning the moaning for only one day a week, Wednesday. What is it about Wednesdays that make them second last in popularity, according to my personal data anyway? Join the Whinge-Free Wednesday facebook community to find something cheerful amongst your facebook posts every Wednesday. It's a gentle reminder to stop whinging and to celebrate life instead.
I am the founder of SelfCentr.com. I love reading personal development books and try very hard to implement the stuff that resonates with me. For the most part I am paralysed by fear and indulge in the fine art of proscrastination. So it's small changes for me.
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