Alexis Ward

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Death by Tourism

Changing Planet<p>2017: U.N. Year of Sustainable Tourism—Meaning?<p>Last week the United Nations declared that 2017 will be the “Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”<p>This will no doubt launch a thousand new debates on just what “sustainable” means.<p>So I’ll get things started. For tourism to be …

Travel For Your Soul That Doesn't Hurt The Planet

<i>Video credit: "Rhinos Without Borders," by Great Plains Conservation and Beyond)</i><p>The most life-altering travel experience of my life was a two-week African safari to Kenya and Tanzania, mostly in Tanzania. It was a <b>complete departure from my "normal" American city life</b>: Animals before people, rural …

Why the world needs to redefine tourism now! – World Travel & Tourism Council – Medium

We need to change how we think about travel if we really want to be sure that the positive impacts outweigh the negative.<p>The notion of travelling …

Tips for Responsible Tourism

Most of us want to be more responsible when we travel, whether it’s carbon offsets or taking advantage of sustainable tourism options. The folks at …

What’s more productive than multitasking?

Most people have heard how great meditation can be for relaxing and calming your mind, but did you know that meditation can actually increase your …

Arguments over the appropriation of culture have deep roots

College students in blackface. A white chef telling people how to eat Vietnamese pho. Students of color who consider bad sushi in the dining hall to be a cultural insult. A white writer writing about nonwhite people in a clumsy fashion. These are some of the incidents of "cultural appropriation," …

Race & Ethnicity

20 Tough Truths About Life No One Wants to Admit

We all struggle. We all suffer on the inside. Every day…We worry.<br>We procrastinate. <br>We feel overwhelmed.<br>We feel angry.<br>We feel lonely. <br>We don’t feel …

Loneliness

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

Living Stress Free And Achieving True Happiness - How To Improve Your Life...You Can Do It!

True happiness is derived from freedom, the freedom to perceive things as you wish and the ability to create your own utopia. You do not have to be …

Happiness

To Achieve Happiness, Don't Confuse Pleasure With Fulfillment

A life without pleasure would be unbearable but a life devoted to just pleasure is certain to be unsatisfying.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The easiest way to waste decades of your life is to mistake pleasure for fulfillment.<p>Pleasure lives in the realm of now. It’s …

Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Care About a Work-Life Balance

The concept of a harmonious work-life balance has taken the business world by storm.<p>It has become the buzzword around the office, it crosses many …

Entrepreneurship

Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk

Long before you could express yourself with words, you were giving away the signs of your adult temperament. Christian Jarrett explains how.<p>Your personality has been sculpted by many hands. Your genes, your friends, the schools you attended, plus many other factors, will all have played a part in …

Psychology

Yes, It's Possible to Do Good in the World and Still Make Money

These entrepreneurs are making money while also doing a tremendous amount of good.<p>If the goal of life is maximizing happiness, then you probably want to run a business that provides you with meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment.<p>If the goal of life is maximizing profit, then you probably want to …

How to go green when you travel

Traveling green takes a little extra effort at first, but it soon becomes second nature and those extra steps can enhance every trip you take. Not only will you feel better about your travels, but you’ll also leave a more positive impression on the place you visited and often have more meaningful …

Thailand’s ecotourism hot spots: a quick guide to sustainable travel in the Land of Smiles

While Thailand benefits from being one of the top 10 most touristed nations on earth, welcoming 25 million annual visitors presents considerable challenges for the sustainability of its natural environment and rich cultural traditions. Fortunately, minimising your footprint in Thailand has never …

21 Things To Do To Improve Your Mental Health & Wellbeing

<b>Make your bed every day.</b><br>By making your bed, you are starting to declutter your space. A decluttered space lowers your level of stress. You don’t …

Self-improvement

10 Things You Should Do Every Day To Improve Your Life

10 Things You Should Do Every Day To Improve Your Life 1) Get out in nature You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, …

Happiness

How To Explore The World On Social Security Income Alone

Sometimes it just pays to retire overseas ... not only can you live much more affordably overall, but you can treat yourself to experiences you might not have access to or be able to afford at home ...<p>View of the Andes Mountains from Cotacachi, Ecuador<p>One of the biggest advantages we've discovered …

South America

How Most People Waste Their Time Off (and What You Should Do Instead) | Inc.com

So how was your Labor Day break? Did the time off refresh you? Did you use your long weekend to the fullest? Are you fired up and ready to come back to work?<p>Too often when we return from vacation, our answers to these questions are sadly negative. Either our time away flew by, or we somehow manage …

Happiness

Exercise Boosts Brain Health, but Is There a Downside?

Is it possible that exercise could be almost too much of a good thing for our brains?<p>A 2014 experiment with mice first raised that worrying idea, finding that the more the animals exercised, the worse their long-term memories became.<p>Until that study, research generally had shown that exercise is …