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Letter From the Editor

“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then his is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present.” That’s one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama.

I understand. We all have to work to fund the basic necessities of food and shelter. But how much do we work out of necessity and how much are we driven by our excessive consumerism and the desire for status?

This month’s feature article, True Wealth, explores ways to live more enriching and satisfying lives with less of a focus on material possessions. Just look around. An entire segment of Americans are eager to find ways to downsize and simplify their lives:

  • Six years ago, architect Sarah Susanka started a revolution with her book, The Not So Big House. The book is credited with launching the nationwide trend towards sensibly sized housing.
  • This season, HGTV premiered Tiny House, Big Living where couples learn to downsize as they plan and build their new home. These folks are thriving in homes that average only 180 square feet, compared to the typical American home that measures in at 2,700 square feet.
  • Maria Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that has topped the New York Times Best Seller list since it hit shelves last October. Kondo calls for us to pick up each one of our possessions and ask ourselves if it sparks joy in our lives. If not, get rid of it.

Are you ready to conduct a life audit, reevaluate your lifetime goals and choose lasting wealth? If so, dive in.

And because we’re always focused on bringing our readers the latest health news, two articles this month focus on chemicals found in beauty products. More and more often, consumers are educating themselves on the chemicals in these products and are seeking safer, healthier alternatives. In fact, according to a recent report published by Transparency Market Research, the global demand for organic personal care products is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018. This is only about 5 percent of the total global beauty market so I’m hoping this grows quickly as more people learn about the dangers toxic ingredients.

To learn more, check out this month’s article entitled Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag. Here, I discovered a helpful smartphone app entitled ThinkDirty. It’s used to scan a store item’s barcode. It provides information on the product’s toxic ingredients along with recommendations for healthier alternatives.

Finally, as we approach the holidays, we consider all that we have to be grateful for. Be sure to check out the article entitled Thank Your Way to a Happy Life for steps to get started with a daily gratitude journal.

In gratitude,

Debbie

 

 

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