December 2013 Rundown: 322 Links

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For this rundown of the month’s links, I’ve bolded my favorites. Of course, I liked them all or they wouldn’t be in this list. If you have favorite websites that focus on positivity, self-improvement, or community and they’re not here, please let me know in the comments!

Keep on keeping on,

Huffington Post: 35 Links

My favorite Huffington Post writer is David Loy – although I’m not Buddhist, his articles always have poignancy and depth of thought with an emphasis on community spirit.

  1. 10 Promises to Make to Yourself Today
  2. 21 Golden Wisdoms From My Grandmother
  3. 3 Lessons to Eliminate Hardships
  4. 35 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life
  5. 4 Steps to Blast Through the Funky Funks
  6. 5 Virtues to Share With the World
  7. 8 Immediate Stress Busters and Serenity Boosters
  8. A Buddhist Philosophy of Evolution
  9. Banish Bad Energy From Everyday Life
  10. Beyond McMindfulness
  11. Buddhism and the Unconscious
  12. Collective Bubbles of Delusion
  13. Do You Want Your Life to Serve as a Warning or an Example?
  14. Don’t Be a ‘One-Trick Pony’ in Life
  15. Everyone We Meet Is Simply a Mirror
  16. Honor Yourself and Be of Greater Service to Everyone and Everything
  17. How to Allow Fear to Be the Powerful Tool That It Is
  18. How to Deal With Rejection
  19. How to Get Exactly What You Desire Without Changing a Thing
  20. Never ‘Lose Yourself’ Again
  21. Overcoming Fear in 8 Steps
  22. The “Lack” of Money
  23. The 7 Things You Must Do Today
  24. The New Bodhisattva Path
  25. The Point of Pointless
  26. The Problem With Karma
  27. The Three Nuclear Poisons
  28. The Three Poisons, Institutionalized
  29. Transcendence or Immanence? Balancing Heaven and Earth
  30. What to Do When Things Aren’t Working
  31. What to Do When Your Skills Don’t Align With Your Passion
  32. Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other
  33. Why I Stopped Making My Own Decisions
  34. Why It Doesn’t Matter What Other People Think
  35. You’re Exactly Where You Need to Be

Scientific American: 32 Links (24 articles and 8 blog posts)

  1. “Dark Money” Funds Climate Change Denial Effort
  2. A Call for Urgent Talks on Mutant Flu-Strain Research
  3. A Solar Boom So Successful, It’s Been Halted
  4. Arctic Report Card: Failing to Stop Warming
  5. China Targets Cement, Batteries, Metals in Anti-pollution Push
  6. Christmas in Southern California: Temperatures Near Record Highs
  7. Controversial Idaho Hunting Contest Ends with No Wolves Killed
  8. Debilitating Virus Infects Island Paradise
  9. Frog from Dwindling Haitian Forest Thriving in U.S. Zoo
  10. Human Exposure to Possibly Neurotoxic Pesticides Should Be Reduced, E.U. Safety Agency Recommends
  11. Japanese Government to Bear More Fukushima Cleanup Costs
  12. More than 5,000 evacuated from Gaza “disaster area” floods
  13. Multivitamins Are a Waste of Money, Doctors Say
  14. Narcolepsy Confirmed as Autoimmune Disease
  15. New Mexico Sues to Block Horse Slaughter Facility
  16. Nonverbal Cues Could Boost Kids’ Vocabulary
  17. Oil and Gas Co. Chesapeake Fined $3.2 Million for W. Virginia Water Violations Associated with Fracking
  18. Scientists Find One Source of Prayer’s Power
  19. Scientists Urge EU to Label Tar Sands as More Polluting than Other Forms of Oil
  20. The Scientific Case for Banning Trans Fats
  21. UN’s Ban calls for more funds for typhoon-stricken Philippines
  22. Virus Kills over 1,000 Bottlenose Dolphins along U.S. East Coast
  23. Where Do Nonhuman Mammals Fit in Our Moral Hierarchy?
  24. Wyoming to Fight U.S. over Indian Reservation Land Grant

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  1. Can We Avert the End of Elephants?
  2. Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?
  3. Glaxo Announcement Won’t End Biomedicine’s Conflicts of Interest
  4. Sleep’s Role in Obesity, Schizophrenia, Diabetes…Everything
  5. Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability.
  6. Teaching Kids to Love Science, and Falling in Love with the Kids
  7. The FDA’s Action on Agricultural Antibiotics is Overdue – and Utterly Insufficient
  8. Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

MindBodyGreen: 27 Links

  1. 5 Ways The USDA Puts Your Health At Risk
  2. 3 Ways To Enhance Your Deep Breathing Practice
  3. 4 Herbs For Peace In Mind & Body
  4. 5 Goals That Will Change Your Life More Than A New Year’s Resolution
  5. 5 Small Changes That Turned My Life Around
  6. 5 Thoughts That Keep You At War With Your Body
  7. 6 More Stories To Make You Believe In The Power Of Your Mind To Heal You
  8. 6 Reasons To Say Yes To Cinnamon
  9. 6 Simple Feng Shui Tips To Help You Make A Fresh Start
  10. 6 Sunday Strategies For A Smooth Monday
  11. 7 Non-New Agey Affirmations To Balance Your Chakras
  12. 7 Tips To Help Moms Stay Happy & Healthy When It Feels Like There’s No Time
  13. 7 Tips To Start 2014 On A Fabulously Positive Note
  14. A Scientifically Proven Way To Reduce Stress & Improve Your Health
  15. Compliments: How To Take ‘Em & How To Give ‘Em
  16. Does Anyone REALLY Need Supplements?
  17. How I Cope With Grief During The Holidays
  18. How I Swapped One Blah Career For 3 Soul-Fulfilling Jobs (And A Husband)
  19. How To Honor A Loved One Who Has Passed Away
  20. I May Never Have A Flat Stomach, And Here’s Why That’s OK
  21. Simple Tips To Detoxify Your Body
  22. The 2 Things You Need If You Want Happiness
  23. The Perfect Tonic To Stop Cravings, Manage Weight & Boost Energy
  24. The Single Most Important Thing I Taught My Kids
  25. What I Learned When I Stopped Breathing
  26. Why Multi-Tasking Is Making You Unhappy
  27. Why The Secret To Getting Healthy Starts With Your Lymph

Tiny Buddha: 26 Links

  1. 20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life
  2. 5 Tips to Help You Take Action to Overcome Your Fear
  3. A Simple Way to Make the World a Little Better Every Day
  4. 25 Ways to Make a Difference in the World Every Day
  5. 5 Simple but Often Forgotten Ways to Keep a Relationship Strong
  6. 5 Tips to Help You Stop Limiting Your Potential
  7. A Small Act of Kindness Can Make a Big Difference
  8. Be Happier with What Is by Letting Go of How Things Should Be
  9. Change Your Life: Be Honest with Yourself and Make Conscious Choices
  10. Dealing with Loss: 3 Uplifting Truths About Death and Grief
  11. Following Your Internal Compass and Making Your Own Decisions
  12. Forgiving and Letting Go When You Feel Resentful
  13. How Do You Motivate Yourself: With Love or Fear?
  14. How to Heal From Rejection: 5 Steps to Soothe the Pain
  15. Keep Moving Toward Success, One Failure at a Time
  16. Let Yourself Be Instead of Pushing to Get Things Done
  17. Make Peace with Your Past: Find the Good and Embrace the Lessons
  18. Mystical Moments: 10 Ways to Feel More Engaged and Alive
  19. Realizing You’re Enough Instead of Trying to Fix Yourself
  20. Release the Fear of Not Measuring Up and Share Your Light
  21. Stop Comparing: No One Can Do a Better Job of Being You
  22. The Difference Between Setting Boundaries and Shutting People Out
  23. We All Need Alone Time: Do You Allow Yourself to Recharge?
  24. When Trying to Be Positive Brings You Down
  25. Why Screwing Things Up Is Crucial to Your Well-Being
  26. Why You Should Do That Thing You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Lifehacker: 19 Links

  1. Accomplish Any Goal by Doing Something Small, Every Day
  2. Apply “Schumpeterianism” to Push Through Criticism and Get Things Done
  3. Communicate Better with Your Significant Other with These 10 Rules
  4. Dilbert Creator Scott Adams’ Two Rules for Happiness
  5. Do You Have a Financial Plan B?
  6. Fix Bad Habit Relapses with a Postmortem
  7. Form Better Habits with a Cue-Routine-Reward System
  8. Frame Contrary Positions as Collaborative Problems to Avoid Conflict
  9. Get Excited, Not Calmer, to Deal with Performance Anxiety
  10. How to Feel Confident Sharing Your Creative Work In Public
  11. Increase Savings with a Cyclical Mindset Towards Time
  12. Make Better Small Talk by Aiming for Nice, Not Brilliant
  13. Set Up Opening and Closing Rituals to Form Better Habits
  14. Six Strategies to Beat the Stress of Holiday Gift Giving
  15. Stop Overtaxing Your Attention Span to Help Strengthen It
  16. Three Steps for Dealing with Overwhelming Debt
  17. Top 10 Tricks for Building the Perfect Budget
  18. Try an S.O.S. (Stop, Organize, Secure) When You’re Overwhelmed
  19. Why We Eat Too Much (and Why Kids Say They Hate Foods They Love)

The Simple Dollar: 19 Links

  1. (Almost) Everything Useful I’ve Learned about Personal Finance in Ten Sentences
  2. Does Micro-Frugality Matter?
  3. Finding a Middle Path
  4. Finding Valuable (and Inexpensive) Ways to Connect with My Children
  5. Four Little Habits That Have Helped Me Immensely in My Personal Finance Journey
  6. How Much House Can I Afford?
  7. How to Approach Retirement Catch-Up
  8. Self-Discipline, Budgeting, and the “Personal Tax”
  9. Simple Estate Planning Steps Everyone Should Take Care Of
  10. Some Thoughts on Living on One Income
  11. Teaching Children Frugality
  12. The Hard Answer, or, Why You Should Understand Your Own Finances
  13. The Loved One Who Won’t Help Himself (or Herself)
  14. Today and Tomorrow
  15. When to Skimp and When to Spend More for Quality
  16. When Your Debt Load Is Incomprehensibly Large
  17. Why Thoughtful Presents Always Trump Expensive Ones
  18. You Don’t Regret the Good Small Choices
  19. You Have a Vested Interest in Your Coworkers’ Success

Zenhabits: 13 Links

Zenhabits is hands-down one of my favorite blogs. Leo Babauta writes with much clarity and wisdom, yet remains entirely relatable.

  1. 16 Surprising Lessons from My First 50-Mile Ultramarathon
  2. A Method to Find Balance
  3. Essential Zen Habits of 2013
  4. Family Gatherings: The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground
  5. Finding Focus
  6. How Creativity Works, & How to Do It
  7. How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating, & Love Letting Go
  8. Jealousy & Suffering
  9. The Calm Approach
  10. The Fear of Being Alone
  11. The Necessary Art of Subtraction
  12. Things Every Man Should Own
  13. When You Run Out of Ideas

Oliver Burkeman: 12 Links

  1. Abandon, don’t postpone: the right way to call off a project
  2. An almost suspiciously simple trick for fixing your overwhelmed schedule
  3. Coffee and creativity: it’s not (just) the caffeine, it’s the ritual
  4. Confidence is overrated. (And if you’re worried you don’t have enough of it – relax!)
  5. Games involve constantly experiencing failure. So why are they fun?
  6. Habit change is more effective when you say I don’t, not I can’t
  7. Impostor syndrome? It might be a sign you’re getting better at your work
  8. Mirror fasts, clock fasts, and when quantifying your life makes things worse
  9. The one-sentence solution to almost all procrastination (no, really)
  10. The strangely freeing power of hard-and-fast rules
  11. The theory of the hairy arm: the tactical benefits of making deliberate mistakes
  12. Why “work smarter, not harder” is troublesome advice

Wisebread: 11 Links

  1. 10 Ways Nice People Can Get Ahead
  2. 14 Unexpected Uses for Sugar
  3. 56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter
  4. 7 Financial Moves You Must Make in 2014
  5. 7 Personal Finance Lessons From Bruce Springsteen
  6. 9 Simple Ways to Stop Impulse Buying
  7. Build a Better Budget in 5 Minutes Flat
  8. Dirty Little Secrets: Shocking Germ Hotspots You Touch Every Day
  9. How to Know to When Persevere and When When to Quit
  10. The 6 Worst Resolutions Most of Us Will Make for 2014
  11. The Secret to Succeeding at Absolutely Everything

Programming Life: 10 Links

Surely you expected that this blog would make it into the list of most-linked blogs. 🙂

  1. 13 Important Quotes from Perfect Health
  2. 21 Mantras for Meditation
  3. 5 Christmas Prayers
  4. Covered Sea (poem)
  5. Forgiveness Affirmation
  6. Productivity vs Calm: Schedules and Consciousness
  7. The Ego Self and New Beginnings
  8. The Work of Programming Life
  9. Touching Base: Clarity in Relationships
  10. When Reading, You Should Take Notes

Everybody Else (linked to less than 10 times)

  1. 5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive (
  2. Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen, and the Long Tradition of Hating Your Own Work (
  3. Energy, Time, Priority, Work/Life: 4 New Ways To Organize Your To-Do List (
  4. A dead whale just washed ashore. What they found in its belly implicates Trader Joe’s. (
  5. Making Predictions Makes You Learn Better (
  6. The Power Of Interest (
  7. The Right Way To Talk To Yourself (
  8. The Habits of Successful People: They Do The Painful Things First (
  9. The Habits of Successful People: Thinking in Ratios (
  10. The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is low quality food for your brain (
  11. The science of self-control: 6 ways to improve your willpower (
  12. 8 Assertiveness rights which you need to defend (
  13. 12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About (
  14. 21 Ways to Give Big-Hearted Gifts on a Small-Sized Budget (
  16. How 10 Minutes of Sitting Quietly Can Make You a Better Person (
  17. How to Make A Healthier Salad [INFOGRAPHIC] (
  18. Is Antibacterial Soap Safe? (
  19. Society Doesn’t Enable Introverts to Thrive. Here’s Why That Should Change (
  20. What Are Antioxidants and (How Do They Work)? (
  21. 3 Principles of Self Care (
  22. How Do I Find My Purpose? (
  23. You’ll Never Know Until You Try (
  24. How to Potty Train the Most Stubborn Child on the Planet (
  25. The 5 Steps to Stop Modern Gadgetry from Robbing You of Peace (
  26. Powerful Photos Show War Through the Eyes of Children … #WARTOYS (
  27. A ‘sitting man’ at Goldman Sachs (
  28. 5 Free and Healthy Habits to Adopt (
  29. Why Kids Need Dirt (
  30. Stop Striving to Be Important… (
  31. Gratitude: A Doorway to Higher Consciousness (
  32. Preparing for Your Inner Journey (
  33. Your Path to Joy (
  34. In Mandela’s own words (
  35. Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies (
  36. 70% Of All Antibiotics Used In The US Are Given To Farm-Animals: What Are You Really Eating? (
  37. Fukushima Radiation Damages Thyroid Glands Of California Babies (
  38. How To Set Goals: The Truth About Setting Goals We Often Don’t Realize (
  39. Major Scientific Journal Requests Retraction Of Anti-GMO Cancer Study (
  40. The 12 Most Chemically Ridden Produce Items You Should Buy Organic (
  41. It All Comes Down To This (
  42. Never, Ever, Ever Give Up (
  43. What Kind of River are You? (
  44. Dilbert’s Creator Says You Shouldn’t Have A Career Plan (
  45. 30 Financial Rules That Every 30 Year-Old Should Know (or risk going broke) (
  46. A Time to Live (
  47. Everyday Lifelines of Hope (
  48. The Bully Too Close to Home (
  49. New Research: Rituals Make Us Value Things More (
  50. 11 Life-Changing Questions You Must Ask Yourself (
  51. Leave your comfort zone and learn something (
  52. Resolve to NOT make resolutions this year (
  53. Feeling Overwhelmed? Try This. (
  54. How To Pull Yourself Out of a Slump (
  55. Make 2014 Your Year of Deliciously Unrealistic Goals (
  56. The 4-Step Life Purge (a free, no-BS guide to decluttering your life) (
  57. You Don’t Know Until You Know (
  58. The Worst Excuses For Not Changing Your Life (
  59. Asking the Question, “Who Am I” (
  60. Inspiring words about meditation written by Remez Sasson (
  61. Living in the Present (
  62. Meditation and the Spiritual Consciousness beyond the Mind (
  63. Meditation Is a Pleasant Experience (
  64. Rising Above the Ego (
  65. Beyond What We See (poem) (
  66. Message from The Nelson Mandela Foundation (
  67. Don’t Connect the Dots! (
  68. 100 Awesome Little Things You Forget to Cherish (
  69. 12 Things You Should Be Doing In Your First Waking Hour (
  70. 23 Unexpected Lessons of a Complaint-Free Month (
  71. 29 Things that I Let Go to Get Massive Success and Happiness in Life (
  72. 39 Affirmations that Release Self-Hatred and Allow Self-Love (
  73. 5 Bedtime Affirmations that Promise Sound Sleep (
  74. 8 Emotions You Must Stop Carrying to Free Yourself (
  75. Don’t Let “Unrealistic” Kill Your Dream Life (
  76. You’ve Been Laid Off! How to Turn Your Frustration into a Winning Career Leap (
  77. A Fear Busting Formula You Can Remember! (
  78. 8 Wondrous Ways to Restore your Wild Spirit (
  79. Comfort Kills (
  80. Count to Ten and Reclaim Your Autonomy from Your Limbic Brain (
  81. Meet Matt Green who Walked(!) from Coast to Coast (
  82. Take The Long Way Home (
  83. The Benefits of Challenge, or “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Wet” (
  84. The Happy Airplane (
  85. The New York Deli – a Positive Intervention (
  86. Would Krishna Ride a Motorcycle? (
  87. Take Care of Yourself (
  88. Acceptance- No Strings Attached (
  89. 10 Remarkable Ways Meditation Helps Your Mind (
  90. Art Elevates the Mind by Increasing Empathy, Critical Thinking and Tolerance (
  91. High Emotional Intelligence Dramatically Improves Decision-Making (
  92. How to Teach Children to Share (
  93. License to Sin: How to Dodge a Devilish Self-Control Loophole (
  94. Meditation Can ‘Debias’ the Mind in Only 15 Minutes (
  95. Meditation Changes How Genes Are Expressed (
  96. Spanking Children Promotes Antisocial Behaviour and Slows Mental Development (
  97. What is The Most Common Phobia You’ve Never Heard Of? (
  98. Never Put Profits First (
  99. Overcoming Trust Issues (
  100. Resting in Discomfort (
  101. 5 Ways to Discover and Nurture Your Intuitive Voice (
  102. Becoming What I Might Have Been (
  103. Don’t Sacrifice Your Present Happiness For Future Security (
  104. How I Lost Myself And Gained A Family (
  105. Real Estate, Music & Top Ramen. My Path of Perseverance. (
  106. The Journey that Defeated Depression (
  107. Why I Stopped Searching for Happiness (
  108. Work and Torture (
  109. Fiscal cliff fatigue? You’re not alone (
  110. Costs and Benefits of Awareness (
  111. Take It Simple (
  112. Lawmakers Act to Raise European Carbon Price (
  113. Scotland to Move to 100 Percent Renewables By 2020 (
  114. Just Getting By Bye: How to Kill Limiting Beliefs and Be Brilliant (
  115. Pro Infirmis «Because who is perfect?» (video) (
  116. RSA Shorts – The Power of Empathy (
  117. Thai police and protestors remove barriers, call truce (
  118. We are all connected (
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2 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    This is a great list, thank you so much for putting it together, I know I’ll be reading for a long time now!

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