The Happiest Kids

Here’s a look at why some countries have happier kids – which is the foundation for happier adults, and a more fulfilling life experience.

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Dutch kids aren’t stressed out: What Americans can learn from how the Netherlands raises children

 UNICEF rated Dutch children the happiest in the world,

and American kids aren’t even in the top 25. Here’s why.


Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison

Sunday, Mar 26, 2017


Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a jungle gym while their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench.… Keep reading

Good Country Index

Here’s a thorough and measurable system for evaluating the quality of life in each country. It’s a helpful benchmark for evaluating our needs.

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Sweden officially the ‘goodest’ country

in the world, study says


The nation outranked 162 others thanks to its positive lifestyle contributions, including prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing.


Mal Siret

2 June 2016

UK Independent


The index suggests that Sweden, relative to the size of its economy, does more “good” and less harm than any other country.… Keep reading

Educational Shift

My doctorate was in “Organization Development” – a shift in my architectural career. And it was housed in the College of Education at Michigan State University.  In order to pass their “Comprehensive Exams,” I had to take some classes in education.  Some were fascinating, as they presented whole systems for learning that were radically different than how I’d experienced K-12 education.  And all were systems that were in operation and producing better learning results than what were typically done.

I believe our level of education does directly relate to our quality-of-life experience, and therefore to “sustainably living.” I’m also including a special invitation to blog readers after this article.… Keep reading

Money & Soul

Here’s a summary from a book that examines money from a different perspective … in the context of “sustainable living.”

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The Soul of Money

                                                                          Lynne Twist


(P. 44-5)       For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. … Keep reading


Here’s an unusual bit of research that directly bears on the quality-of-life aspect of sustainable living. We’ve all likely had moments of awe in our lives, but perhaps never realized their full impact.

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Feeling Awe May Be the

Secret to Health and



October 7, 2016

Paula Spencer Scott

PARADE Magazine


The hike, in a narrow box canyon, wasn’t going so well. Stacy Bare and his brother were arguing, for one thing.… Keep reading