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Responsible Pet Adoption, Image: hedgehog94/shutterstock.comResponsible Pet Adoption  
Guarantee a Forever Home for a Furry Friend  

The idea of bringing a new pet home conjures up images of endless cuddles and joyful frolicking, but there are crucial responsibilities to consider, too. A successful adoption requires...

A Pebble of Kindness  in the Stagnant Pond , Image: DreamArtist_CanvaA Pebble of Kindness in the Stagnant Pond   

From kindergarten classrooms to inspired blogs, kindness is a practice that is encouraged throughout society. Compassion—the bedrock of goodwill—is a spark that can...

Keeping Sneakers Out of the Landfill, Image: candy candy/shutterstock.comKeeping Sneakers Out of the Landfill  

Athletic shoes last 300 to 500 miles, and because they’re made of many different materials, most cities can’t recycle them. Sneakers often contain synthetic substances like ethylene...

The Magic of Parent-Child Synchrony, Image: MEOAM Love/KnoWEwellThe Magic of Parent-Child Synchrony  
How Skin-to-Skin Contact Helps Development  

Imagine being an infant born only moments ago. The onslaught of new sensations must be overwhelming as they suddenly feel the weight of a...

Sam Stedman, Image: photo by Blaise Misiek/SamSteadmanSam Stedman  
on Helping Kids Make Conscientious Choices  

Sam Stedman is the co-founder and publisher of EcoParent, a quarterly print magazine distributed in North America that is designed to help parents make better choices for their families. He holds a ...

The Modern Macrobiotic Diet, Image: Yurumi/ShutterStock.comThe Modern Macrobiotic Diet  
More Than Tofu and Seaweed  

So much has evolved in the 100 years since Japanese educator George Ohsawa created the macrobiotic diet. For one thing, the recipes have become more flexible, empowering people to save time and use ingredients that...

The Healing Arts of Qigong and Tai Chi, Image: Microgen/Shutterstock.comThe Healing Arts of Qigong and Tai Chi  
Well-Being Through Intentional Movements   

Qigong is more than a modern wellness practice. It’s a 5,000-year-old Chinese healing art steeped in tradition. At its core, qigong revolves around the concept of qi (pronounced “chee”), considered to be the life-force energy that...

Traditional World Healing Wisdom , Image: GabrielleWPerillo/SpiritOfTheOwl.comTraditional World Healing Wisdom   
Returning to Our Roots  

With time-tested wisdom and natural roots, traditional and Indigenous medicine has been an integral resource for centuries in communities around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 88 percent of...

Recycled Art, Image: Photo by JenHardwick/ redheadhardwick@gmail.comRecycled Art  
Transforming Trash Into Treasure  

It takes a special kind of artist to create a work of art out of discarded items. These imaginative, multimedia visionaries see beauty and purpose in the most mundane materials, including paper, computer parts, bits of...

A Symphony of Skill-Building, Image: ORION PRODUCTION/Shutterstock.comA Symphony of Skill-Building  
How Music Spurs Childhood Development  

For adults, music has the power to instill feelings of joy, relaxation and calmness, or to motivate us when we are exercising or performing a task, but for children, there are...

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Image: Barna Tanko/AdobeStock.comTraditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine  
Supporting Pets With Ancient Healing Wisdom  

For years, we have seen a growing appreciation in contemporary culture for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the complementary role it can play within Western medicine. Based upon...

Eco-Friendly Fall Yard Cleanup, Image: Anton MirMar/Shutterstock.comEco-Friendly Fall Yard Cleanup  

As first frosts arrive, annual plants die back and perennials begin to go dormant. This can create a considerable amount of leaf litter and dead stalks as the...

Sophie Haruna Klimcak , Image: photo courtesy of Wild AwakeSophie Haruna Klimcak   
on Finding Awe and Wonder  

Sophie Haruna Klimcak is the co-founder and program director of Wild Awake, a nonprofit in San Francisco. Drawing from her Japanese and Eastern European roots, she designs immersive, nature-based...

Savor the Present Moment, Image: Asier Romero/ShutterStock.comSavor the Present Moment  
How to Add Mindfulness to Mealtime  

There is a sharp difference between grabbing a fast-food burger at the drive-through and paying full attention to a home-prepared meal. For many of us, busy schedules and harried lifestyles get in the way of a more introspective dining experience. Mindful eating—the practice of...

Yoga on Vacation, Image: un Salutations_Art Alex/ShutterStock.comYoga on Vacation  
Simple Poses and Tips for Travelers  

Travel can broaden our perspective of the world and take us on breathtaking adventures. These new experiences, however, often come with unexpected mental and physical challenges, stresses and anxieties. By incorporating yoga into...

Traveling With Purpose, Image: Amy Wilinski/SpiritOfTheOwl.comTraveling With Purpose  
Nine Destinations for Spiritual Enlightenment  

Throughout history, humans have embarked on pilgrimages in pursuit of wealth, good fortune, divine intervention, spiritual enlightenment and other blessings. These journeys could be considered the earliest manifestations of...

Medical Tourism, Image: Sergey Nivens/ShutterStock.comMedical Tourism  
Navigating the Risks and Rewards  

Many Americans have experienced sticker shock upon receiving a medical or dental bill, whether or not they have health insurance. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, patients are grabbing their passports and turning to medical tourism—the act of crossing borders to obtain quality medical care at...

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