You are likely a curious sort who enjoys trying new things and who searches for meaning. We also guess you have a busy life and, while you are interested in this project, it isn’t practical for you to jump all in yourself.  In this section we will make suggestions for simpler ways to live mindfully and to be a conscious consumer.  We hope you have fun experimenting and that you’ll let us know how it goes for you by posting on the forum Inspire Each Other. Check out the blog for more information. 

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Choose one area of consumption (purchases, entertainment, news, food, travel) and observe your habits for one week.  How much time do you spend thinking about or engaging with the area?  When do you engage?  Why do you do it?  How meaningful is it to you?  What could you be doing instead?  You may want to jot things down to see what patterns emerge. Post on our forum to let us know how it goes for you. 

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Spread kindness.  It’s simple…give eye contact and smile to those you encounter throughout your day; the barista, the store clerk, your coworkers, your family.  Ask how their days are going and really listen.  Share how you care.

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Make a list of a few principles and goals that you have.  Reflect daily on how well you adhere to your own ideals.  Share with someone you trust to build support for living a rewarding, full life.

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Decide on screen-free times and encourage conversation.  Maybe it’s dinner.  If you eat with others, create a “grab-bag” of agreed upon conversation topics that will help you to know each other better.  They could be things like ,”What were the highs and lows of your day?”  or “What did you notice today?”  “Did you give or experience kindness?”  “Did something make you smile or feel happy?”  “If you had a do-over, what would you change?”  “If you had a do-over, what would you repeat?”  If you eat alone, you can reflect on similar topics or anything that interests you.