It depends on what a given material object stands for.
Our annual, international Fellowship is open to anyone aged 28 - 108 years old. We gather change-makers -- a business person
For example, some sustainability-minded multi-national companies, which he names, fund the efforts of big environmental non
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President Obama had tears in his eyes in January, 2016, calling for relief from record breaking shootings and killings in
Material things are created to assist us in our everyday activities and in having the best experiences in life. Such experiences and memories of them are often the primary source of creativity, which significantly shapes the cultural development and can help us reach the stage of self-actualization.
We must act upon his warnings if our children, nation's future and founding principles -- subverted and still sullied by the legacies of slavery, Native American genocide, exclusion of women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral processes -- are to be saved.
Look inside you and find what makes you truly happy, look around and be grateful for the little things that light up your day, and embrace every moment that you are allowed to spend on this beautiful planet. For me, that's what happiness is all about!
God showed Moses a coin made from fire, teaches the Midrash, showing him the amount that everyone must give towards the mishkan, tabernacle.
In a study conducted by the UK company Gocompare.com, researchers found that the average woman has more than 19 pairs of shoes and spends more than U.S. $25,000 during her lifetime on shoes.
The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?
The offices of Park Avenue psychiatrists are filled with people who have "everything" but feel empty inside. Philosophers and religious teachers have known this forever and research confirms it. Study after study shows that materialism is bad for wellbeing. It actually undermines happiness.
While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.
We live in a world where we all have a tendency to want instant gratification. We're upset when our computer is slow, our phone doesn't have a signal, or when our Netflix movie just isn't streaming right.
We have become the golden calf. Gilded in likes, favorites, shares, and retweets. Periscoping our every moment while perched on a towering pedestal of selfies. All of it new-century building blocks of ego and validation.
For Black Friday and Christmas: Why Consumerism is Not the Problem -- Reshaping Desire From the Bottom Up
As we are being bombarded with enticements that reach all the way into religious worlds, how can religious communities and their theologies escape being shaped by the neoliberal capitalist economy?
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Living with gratitude and mindfulness will bring you more health and happiness. Seems to me that Thanksgiving -- and every day for that matter -- should be about appreciating the good that's present in our lives, not about the perfect dish, dining room, or light fixture.
Once upon a time, frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month.
My wife and I lived in Tokyo for three years. At the end of our time there, we threw a going away party for ourselves. "No gifts," we told all our friends. Instead, they could bring something for the potluck meal. Oh, and they had to take something away with them.
"Mom, can I get a pair of UGGS? I've never had a pair in my whole life." Should I alert the media? My daughter has lived nine years without ever slipping her foot into an UGG boot! This is madness!
Given that true happiness begins with a modicum of material comfort but then depends on cultivating qualities of mind like contentment and caring, the purpose of economic development, in the Dalai Lama's view, can be found in furthering both goals.