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An ecohouse (or eco home) is an environmentally low-impact home designed and built using materials and technology that reduces its carbon footprint and lowers its energy needs.

This includes:
Glass that has two or three layers with gas in between to prevent heat loss
Solar panels
Geothermal heating and growing plants on the roof to regulate temperature, quieten the house, and to produce oxygen
A wind turbine for when there is wind, and a battery if not

Be Happy

We all want to feel good. We all want to be happy. Most of us are surprised when what we thought would make us happy, doesn’t. So now what? Why does it seem like happiness is often just beyond our reach and each step forward doesn’t get us any closer?
 
Here are two great resources for learning more about our capacity for happiness:
 
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The documentary film Happy

 
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Dan Gilbert’s TED talk The Surprising Science of Happiness
 
In our culture, making more money and getting more stuff is often associated with being happier. On some level, money can make us happier. If our basic needs are not being met (food, shelter, safety) then happiness can also be hard to come by, but after a certain point money loses the ability to have much effect on our happiness at all. The documentary film Happy cites studies that show the difference between how happy someone is who earns $5,000 per year, and another who earns $50,000 per year is significant; but that gap closes significantly between people who make $50,000 and those earning $5 million per year. Yes, you read that correctly. Someone who earns millions of dollars shows very little difference in happiness than the person who brings home $50,000. What are we all working so hard for?
 
We as humans are more resilient than we usually expect. In his TED talk, Dan Gilbert talks about how, with a few exceptions, three months after a major life difficulty we tend to be just as happy as before. Most of the things we think will make us really happy usually tend to be fleeting. This is also true with events or circumstances we think will be awful, and we believe will make us unhappy. It seems that in our pursuit of happiness, and aversion to suffering, we miss the boat. We keep ourselves from enjoying the equilibrium of contentment right now – the potential of the perfect, present moment.
 
What are some of the commonalities between the “happiest” people around the world: a sense of community, having a purpose like helping others, and feeling gratitude. From the slums of India, to tribes in Africa, to right here in our backyard, the happiest people are the ones who have close friends, families, and neighbors. We are often encouraged to compete in almost every area of our lives, but it turns out that cooperation is the most fulfilling human experience. In another experiment cited in the film Happy, researchers asked one group of college students to write down 5 things they were grateful for once a week, and another group was asked to offer random acts of kindness. Both groups showed a significant increase in their happiness levels, but the group who helped others showed a greater increase.
 
The messages we receive about what success and happiness look like are actually totally different than the truth of our experience. It makes sense - our economy wouldn’t see much growth if no one wanted or needed anything to feel complete. So, in the midst of striving for some illusion of happiness, we overlook the connections to people in our lives that will actually give us happiness now. Perhaps today, you can practice happiness by spending a little more time talking to a friend you bump into in the grocery store. You might discover contentment by chatting over coffee with a colleague. Today, you could become more fulfilled by fostering a relationship in your life. Happiness is a skill. Let’s practice.

ECO-HOMES + COMMUNITIES

Ecology Center

03 June 2020

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Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine

03 June 2020

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  • Top Home Bathroom Flooring Options

    Choosing the most suitable bathroom flooring can be daunting. You want your bathroom flooring to complement the rest of the home yet still withstand high moisture levels, humidity and heavy foot traffic. The sheer number of bathroom floor designs, colors, textures and material types further complicate the process. To help cut through the clutter, we’ve […]

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  • Bed and Mattress Height

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  • HVAC Maintenance Tips

    Homeowners must perform routine HVAC maintenance for air quality safety reasons. Scheduling HVAC preventative maintenance ensures it performs properly and prolongs the lifespan of your unit. Neglecting your system could lead to inefficient performance and system failure. There are several HVAC maintenance tasks you can complete on your own, however, some require an HVAC specialist. […]

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  • 3 Features to Look for in a Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Every day we are exposed to carbon monoxide gas from the burning of carbon-based fuels including coal, kerosene, natural gases, oil, propane and wood. Typically, this toxic gas would be expelled out of the home through vents, but it doesn’t always happen. The Centers for Disease and Control estimates that 2,244 people died between 2010 […]

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