Resources and Stuff We're Into
Here you can find links to things that we've mentioned in our blog and that we've found helpful in our own personal journey. In some cases, when you purchase an item through these links, you will be helping to support our site. Thank you! We are truly grateful for your support.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World -- inspirational book on how to live, with wisdom from the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias -- I listened to the author's TED talk and decided to check out her book. For someone struggling to save the world, this book is perfect. It starts with the assumption that we want to help others and fight bias. From there, the author lays out how to move from a "believer" to a "builder."
Procrastinate on Purpose -- personal development book that has helped me to create better focused periods of productivity.
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back -- great introduction to effective altruism with practical guidance for real practice.
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity -- a both inspiring and informative survey of how we can effectively create positive change.
Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter -- Great reading if you're in a contemplative mood about ethics and how to do the right thing. The author is a supporter of effective altruism (mentioned above).
Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything -- another good collection of essays on every day ethical dilemmas. Great for discussion among family and friends.
168 Hours -- book that helped me to optimize how I spend my time and focus more on what's important to me.
Slim by Design -- I'm a big fan of designing your environment vs. relying on willpower (because I'm not-so-good at willpower). This book covers a number of topics around how to design for healthier eating. I like it primarily from the health aspect, but some of the choices help reduce food waste, also. And, I think that the overall concept can be applied in other areas of our lives to help make doing good the default choice by design.
Friends and Neighbors -- great little board game that we picked up and my 2 year old daughter loves to play.
Boxed Water Is Better: Someone had delivered a gift basket to myself and coworkers recently which had this boxed water in it. I was very intrigued and surprised I hadn't heard of it before. The water tasted fresh, pure, no paper/cardboard after-taste that I was concerned of. While admittedly, I have not done in-depth research on this product; I find it hard to believe that it could be any worse than the plastic bottled water alternative. I invite you to look into it yourself if you just can't kick the bottled-water habit.
My Straw Picks:
At our home, we use THESE reusable silicone straws. We like them because we drink a lot of smoothies and need a straw that has no problem sucking up thick stuff. They don't add a strange flavor to anything you're drinking, and what I like most - is that I can still chew on it. Yes, I'm like a small child. I habitually chew on the end of the straw. When I tried some of the metal and wood reusable's - I almost chipped my teeth because of my chew habit.
My IDEAL reusable straw pick: Now - while the reusable silicone straws are definitely a step up from using the traditional throw-away plastic straws, I would ideally like to start using THIS. Bamboo straws. As soon as I can kick my chewing the straw habit, I'm moving to bamboo. Because the truth is; many of us will begin trying to make a positive change by using reusable straws. But, most of us will give up a few weeks, months or years into it. At least when you give up using these bamboo straws, they'll naturally biodegrade without harmful side affects to our land and water.