One of the things I did not expect when I lived as environmentally as possible for a year was that I would end up, in many ways, happier.
It makes sense:
More sustainably produced food is healthier. People who get around by leg power instead of car power are more physically fit, and on and on.
This discovery prompted the beginnings of a non-profit project called the No Impact Project. The goal is to help people figure out what elements of environmental living might actually bring more happiness to their lives.
And the center piece of the No Impact Project is a week-long experience which will guide people through a bunch of the adaptations we made in the No Impact year and help participants figure out which environmental adaptations actually improve their lives.
In other words, there is nothing about environmental deprivation here. It is all about how we can be happier people by helping to make a happier planet.
PS If you missed the NY Times article that correctly pegs my wife Michelle as the real No Impact hero, click here. ;)
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