Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.   Video of Rebranding Death: What is the "death positive" movement? The finality of death is overwhelming for a lot of people. In fact, more than half of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of facing death, according to a Chapman University Study . But the birth of the “Death Positive” or “Death Wellness” movement is hoping to change the cultural mindset about dying. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the…

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How to give up soda in 3 steps

As of June, six states had imposed a soda tax to try to curb excess consumption, while more states are jumping on the nutritional governance bandwagon Americans love soda. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists sugar-sweetened beverages as the leading source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Even sugar-free sodas are an unhealthy addition to diets because of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose, pointed out healthline.com in May 2018. The CDC informs, “Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type…

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Starbucks’ earnings soar thanks to Chinese and US coffee lovers

The coffee chain’s total net revenue rose 8.1 percent to $6.8bn for the third-quarter, surpassing Wall Street estimates. Starbucks Corporation raised its annual earnings forecast after quarterly same-store sales exceeded Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the world’s largest coffee chain saw robust demand in the United States and China for its new beverages. Shares of the Seattle-based company rose nearly six percent to $96.40 after the bell and were on track for a record high after the company posted its biggest same-store sales growth in 12 quarters. Starbucks has…

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A Climate Action for Every Type of Activist

No matter your age, gender, race, or political ideology, there are ways to fight climate change that fit your life and values. Most of us have heard about U.N. researchers warning that we need to make dramatic changes in the next 12 years to limit our risk of extreme heat, drought, floods, and poverty caused by climate change. Report after report about a bleak climate future can leave people in despair.   But another option is good for you and the planet. Susan Clayton, a professor of psychology and environmental…

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How to Make Public Space for People Living Out of RVs

For many people, living in their vehicles is the best they can do. Here’s how cities can help. My neighbor Billy has lived for 17 years in a 20-foot-long recreational vehicle parked within a mostly industrial but now gentrifying neighborhood in Seattle. A 68-year-old former carpet layer and handyman, Billy says he wants to move out of his RV, but he doesn’t have the income, savings, and credit or rental history to rent in Seattle’s expensive housing market. The lack of off-street space for his vehicle and city parking restrictions…

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Goodbye, ‘Love Bug’: the Volkswagen Beetle is going extinct

The last of the design classic rolls off production lines. There aren’t many things beloved both by hippies and Nazis. A self-important belief in the righteousness of one’s cause, perhaps? The other would be the Volkswagen Beetle. The original “people’s wagon” – designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s on the orders of Adolf Hitler – survived its associations with the Third Reich in the years after World War II to become a counterculture classic. United States production of Porsche’s original design finished in the 1970s. By the time manufacture…

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How to become more optimistic

Optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. NBC News in August 2017 reported that optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. Regardless, glass-half-empty individuals can practice optimism habits to develop a cheerier outlook. Consider these four from the report: 1. Stop equating optimism with happiness. While viewing hardships…

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Can Your Burger Really Save the Planet?

Choosing a veggie burger won’t stop climate disaster, but here’s why you should do it anyway. Burgers have recently become a main course on the menu of climate action. Whether it’s the Impossible Whopper, the promise of cell-based meat, or the debate over grass-fed beef, hamburgers—and how they’re made—are being served as a symbol of how we can disrupt and reduce one of our greatest impacts on the planet. But that doesn’t mean the solution is as simple as changing what’s on your grill. Agriculture is responsible for up to…

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San Francisco is the first US city to ban e-cigarettes

New law seeks to curb underage use of the popular cigarette alternative. San Francisco will become the first major city in the United States to ban the sale of e-cigarettes as officials look to control the rapid uptick in teenage use of nicotine devices made by companies such as Juul Labs Inc. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance on Tuesday, banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes until they have approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. States and cities across the US have already moved…

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Get to know Niksen: The art of doing nothing

Niksen means doing nothing or, more specifically, performing an action without a clear purpose or a deadline There is the Japanese way to organize – KonMari – the Danish way to establish a cozy home – hygge – and the Swedish way to live a balanced life – lagom. Apparently, there is also the right way to do nothing, thanks to the Dutch and niksen. Interglot.com’s Dutch to English translation of niksen is: “idle; lounge around; sit around; do nothing much …” In essence, according to dutchreview.com in 2018: “Niksen…

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills. The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the Equality Act—more than four decades after it was first introduced—extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ people. This vote should give us some hope. Its passage—236-173—was bipartisan, a rare feat these days; its provisions are expansive, granting protection in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations; and its language includes both sexual orientation as well as gender identity, allowing for explicit inclusion of…

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More ideas for that ‘to-read’ list

The flurry of summer book releases has begun. The flurry of summer book releases has begun. Goodhousekeeping.com’s “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List” includes: – “The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang – “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev – “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert – “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong – “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner – “The Friend Zone” by Abby Jimenez – “Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo…

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Gender penalty: Student debt and daycare stifle American mothers

Burden of affording higher education overlaps with cost of raising young children, creating double difficulty for many. Tatiana Macias wasn’t planning to get pregnant. She had just finished her master’s degree, and was excited about starting a career as a family therapist in Honolulu. Before having kids, she hoped to travel with her boyfriend, get married, and buy a home. But at the top of her goals list was starting to pay off the $100,000 she had racked up in college and graduate-school debt. “I have always felt so burdened…

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Backyard hacks you can try this spring

Whether you’re already stocking up on new flowers to plant or you’re just now dusting off the lawn mower, it’s about time to start getting that yard in tip-top shape for the season. And if you’re looking for some tips and tricks, we’ve got you covered — here are some seven hacks you can try in your yard this spring, whether you’re gardening, grilling or getting some sun. 1. Nature’s own table and chairs: Have some fallen trees in your backyard that you’re looking to get rid of? If they’re…

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