The Center for a New American Dream: More of What Matters
December 2011

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"This page just makes me so happy." —Amy Ramponi, via Facebook • • • "Your Simplify the Holidays booklet is part of my new strategy to occupy the holidays. Thanks for all you do—we need more presence and less presents!" —Susan Rubin, via Facebook

Dear Friends, 

Happy Holidays from New Dream! This month, we feature our favorite reader tips for simplifying the holidays and suggest eight New Year's resolutions you may want to keep. We also highlight our popular video The High Price of Materialism, which has received 88,000 views and counting! Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance.

—Wendy, Kathy, Lisa, Wen, and the rest of the New Dream team

 


We're Listening! Your Top Tips for Simplifying the Holidays

We've had an overwhelming response to our 2011 Simplify the Holidays Challenge and are inspired by all the great ideas our readers have submitted. Check out the top tips from your fellow New Dreamers, on everything from holiday decorating, to combating commercialism, to giving the gift of time. 

VIDEO: Why I Support the Center for a New American Dream

Our organizational mission is to support a new American dream based not on materialism, but on wellbeing and quality of life. Watch this video to hear what people like Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff) and others are saying about New Dream, and please consider making a donation today! 

Reward Yourself with Time and Creativity in the New Year

In a new blog, New Dream executive director Wendy Philleo discusses some of the steps she's embracing in her own life for a happier and more creative year ahead. As you begin planning for 2012, these are eight resolutions you may want to keep! 

VIDEO: The High Price of Materialism


See what the buzz is all about! In our latest animation, which has received 88,000+ views, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our wellbeing. The video both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.  

Five Years After Banning Outdoor Ads, Brazil's Largest City Is More Vibrant Than Ever


In 2006, the mayor of São Paulo, Brazil, outlawed the use of all outdoor advertisements, including on billboards, transit, and in front of stores. The removal of logos and slogans had the unexpected result of exposing previously overlooked architecture, revealing a rich urban beauty that was long hidden.

New Dream Web Roundup: Popular Stories from the Month


What Is Enough? Achieving the Right Balance in Our Lives and Families

"Greatest Board Game of All Time" Launches Environmental Spin-Off 

The Dark Side of Apple's Gadget Revolution

Learning to "Share" for a More Cooperative Future

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