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6 Unusual Ways in which Going Green Can Enrich Your Life

6 Unusual Ways in which Going Green Can Enrich Your Life

Lower energy consumption, a positive impact on the environment and the economy are a few really major things that we directly affect when we choose to go green. But what personal benefits can you expect to see if you decide to make this significant change in your life?

Living green has been a trend for the last few years, because more and more people are trying to incorporate lifestyle changes in their daily routines, so that they can live in a way that will harm the environment as little as possible and help preserve the planet and its delicate ecosystem. So, if you have been considering going green but are not quite sure how this will affect you, read on to find out some unusual ways in which going green can enrich your life.

Going Green Can Extend Your Lifespan

Just think about eating healthy greens and local produce, and how it will help you stay clear of all the different kinds of chemicals and other harmful ingredients that are being added to almost every processed food you can find in the supermarket. By using non-toxic and natural products at home, you will avoid coming into contact with toxic chemicals that can harm your health in the long run, thus ensuring that you stay strong and healthy for a very long time.

Going Green Can Provide You with Better Quality of Life

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    Many people do not consider the fact that going green not only preserves the quality of life we are living now, it also raises it. This does not mean that by adopting the green lifestyle you will live a more luxurious life or that your life will be changed in a huge way. Living green can improve the quality of your life in small ways on a daily basis.

    Because two of the most important green living principles are consumption and conservation and waste reduction, if you think more about the environment, you will be able to live with fewer items and that less clutter will produce less waste and help with the conservation of the planet.

    Going Green Can Save You A Lot of Money

    One common misconception that people have about going green is that it can be expensive. The reality is that when you decide to go green, you are choosing to live a simple and sustainable life, i.e. engaging in frugal living. By using products that are local and natural, you will be able to save a lot of money.

    By going green you will be adopting a lifestyle that will not harm the environment. These changes do not have to be big; for instance, you can get rid of the paper bills and pay your bills online, or by using can crushers to crush your cans to save space in your home.

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    These small changes can save you money because you won’t be paying for paper bill delivery to your mailbox, and save gas by making less frequent trips to the recycling center. Not to mention how much you will save if you opt for an electric car or if you produce your own electricity.

    When you are buying local produce, you will also help improve the local economy, and by living green in general, you help the economy grow in the long term.

    Going Green Can Help You Become Self-Sufficient

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      When you are considering living a truly sustainable life, you will no longer rely on the unsustainable infrastructure that comes from shady political deals. If you want to live off the grid of the political compass and typical environment, renewable energies and sustainable land care are necessary. Being sustainable and living a green lifestyle means that you will become self-sufficient.

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      Going Green Can Improve Your Relationships, Self-Worth and Self-Actualization

      Not only the physical aspect of your life can become better, your nonphysical aspects can be improved too. By going green you will be thinking more about the environment, and because you are living in that exact environment, you will be thinking about yourself more and about the quality of the life you are living. If you strive to be a better person and live in better conditions, not only will you feel better and accomplished, but you will also be creating room for better relationships and a happier life.

      Going Green Can Improve Your Mental Health

      In order to adopt a green lifestyle, the key is to avoid unnecessary consumption, whether that is by replacing throwaways with reusable things or downsizing to a smaller closet. Lessening the need for stuff is perhaps one of the best ways you can help the planet. Living with less can represent an exercise in self-discipline, general conscientiousness, frugality and ingenuity.

      The best part here is that it does not have to be a big lifestyle change, you can achieve this with several simple changes and steps that will allow you to make a big difference in the long run. For instance, you will forget about the urge to upgrade your car or phone until they are broken beyond repair or no longer meet your needs.

      Clutter blocks clarity, so decluttering your space means that you will spend less time cleaning, less time looking for things and less energy stressing out.

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      These were some unusual ways in which going green can enrich your life. They are all pretty good reasons for going green and if you take some time to understand them, we hope that you will be motivated to follow this very important and popular trend. Going green is a personal choice, and if you decided to embrace it, you will contribute to the betterment of this planet and make it a better place to live in, both for you and the generations to come.

      Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/phong-nguyen-40565/ via pexels.com

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      Last Updated on June 8, 2018

      10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

      10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

      Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

      We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

      However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

      1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

      Facebook is eating away your time

        How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

        2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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        Likeaholic

          When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

          3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

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            Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

            4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

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              Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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              5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

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                Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

                6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

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                  A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

                  7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                    Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                    8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

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                      There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                      9. Sensationalism still sells.

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                        With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                        10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

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                          This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                          Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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