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Clowns, and Other Things Easily Missed While on the Phone

Mobile phones have freed us up to do other things while connecting with people...but to what extent have we switched from a few feet of cord to an invisible yet omnipresent tether? A new study by Western Washington University found that people might miss quite a bit of what is going on around the...

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Tags: Cell phones, Clowns, Connection, Multitasking, Quality of life
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The Happy Purple Index

After yesterday's post about chickens I happened upon a Huffington Post article about cows. It seems that the well-cared-for cow is also more productive: "By placing more importance on the individual, such as calling a cow by her name or interacting with the animal more as it grows up, we can no...

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Tags: Color purple, Quality of life, Sandra cisneros
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Four New Books Explore American Consumption

It is always nice when someone else does my work for me. I was scanning the web today, trolling for stories, when I came across an entry by Sarah Kessler on the Sierra Club website—a review of four new books on consumption issues. Together, these four books (listed in parenthesis below) seem to c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Culture, Economy, Quality of life, Urban
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Vacations Matter - to Individuals and the Economy

Our nation is facing some serious challenges, so we need to hunker down and work hard, and put aside such frivolous topics as vacations...right? It may not seem so at first, but vacations have a lot to do with the health of our economy, along with the well-being of the individual workers who dri...

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Tags: Family, Fun, Quality of life, Time, Vacation, Work
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Downturn or Down Time: Shorter Hours in an Overworked Culture

New Dream board member Juliet Schor was quoted in a NYT Week in Review article, A Slowdown that May Slow Us Down, this weekend. In an ideal world, said Juliet Schor, an economist at Boston College and the author of books on labor, leisure and consumerism, shorter working hours would be voluntary...

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Tags: Furlough, Hours, Quality of life, Work
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Good News: Cleaner Air Extending Lives

It's always good to start off a Monday on a positive note. In a rare upbeat article about the environment, the New York Times says, Researchers at Brigham Young University examined changes in life expectancy in 51 metropolitan areas, comparing those figures with improvements in air quality in ea...

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Tags: Air quality, Health, Quality of life
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