Foolproof Formula for a Lonely Lifestyle

It is no mystery that companionship is essential to human well-being, being lonely can drive a person to death faster than a fresh pack of Marlboro Reds. In fact, a recently published study from Brigham Young University shows evidence that loneliness can be deadlier than obesity and has the negative health effects of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That’s a pretty heavy statistic, especially considering that single living has been trending up recently. In 2013, 27% of all Americans reported living alone, up from 5% in 1920.

For some, that represents a personal choice, as living with people can be stressful and some people truly enjoy being on their own way more than they enjoy the presence of other humans. I would be lying to you if I said that sharing a bathroom with a sloppy person is as enjoyable as sharing a bathroom with my great friends Me, Myself, and I. But for others, living alone can represent their disconnection from society, their rejection from social connections, their own personal hell of microwave dinners and nights in front of a television. Overcoming loneliness while living by one’s self is a monumental task that can drag down even the happiest of people. This is a path that can lead to self-destructive behavior, substance abuse, and even suicide.

But for those of you who reside by yourselves, fear not, for there is a solution that doesn’t involve any of the behaviors listed above. Better yet, it doesn’t even require moving back in with one’s parents.

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 11: Holiday

Hello friends,

Today, the holiday I am most grateful for is Thanksgiving. I believe it always has been, but for different reasons as I grew up.

When we are younger, our minds are not fully developed and we don’t analyze the reasons behind the way the world works. For most of us, that meant not understanding the reason you are celebrating on any given holiday. All you hear are the roars of a block party and kids running around screaming, the smell of a barbecue roasting your feast to 400º of perfection and flavor, or the sights of a spectacular fireworks display in your local park, but, do we ever stop to ask, why?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10: Taste

Hello, world,

Today, the taste that I am most grateful for, but very out of touch with, is that of the fresh, salty taste and smell when first passing through that threshold into close proximity to the ocean. As soon as you taste that sour but semi-satisfying taste of the big blue, you know you are close. For me, the feeling takes over my body and mind sending me into a trance of deep appreciation and love for the ocean. My happy place is on the coast, near the beach, where I can hear the sound of the waves and smell the salt in the air everywhere I go.

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The beach has provided me a place where I can partake in so many things that give me pure joy and happiness. It has been the destination for countless beach day-trips with friends, a place of zen and tranquility where I can read a book or write my next blog and most importantly, it has been the source of my interest and passion for environmental and marine conservation.

So, the next time I find myself passing through that threshold, I’m going to take a deep breath and savor every last bit of that salty but-oh-so-satisfying taste of the ocean because I know that means I am home.

Back in Action – Why the Break?

Hello world,

It has indeed been all too long since I have written anything to share but, I want to change that and get back to my roots. I always have something to say, an opinion to share, an issue to discuss, people, products, and organizations to criticize, but more importantly there is always a world to save. So, I’m going to make extra efforts to really get back to my consistent posts about the environmental issues we face daily and that matter to me, but affect many.

The title of this post asks a simple question: Why the break?

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 9: Place

After taking days to ponder this, typing up drafts and thoughts on places I thought I was grateful for, I finally found the one that calls to me. Can you guess what it is? That’s right, I am most grateful for the beach. Predictable huh? That’s okay if it is, because I mean it. I felt theday 9 gratitude, appreciation, love, and happiness today more than ever before. After a few hours spent today sitting and walking along my front yard, the atlantic ocean and Long Branch beach, I knew this is what I had to write about.
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Time

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I wanted to throw a different blog post in between my 30 Days of Gratitude posts about something I felt the need to bring up and discuss. It’s too often we hear about how important time is, but most really don’t think twice about it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “time is money” and, in a way it is. But, it doesn’t just have a monetary value, time means so much more than money. We have limited time here on this planet, in this body, and in this life. You can’t change time. There is no fast forwarding or rewinding, slowing down or speeding up, and especially no making up for lost time. Once that time is gone, it’s gone and there is no getting it back. Continue reading “Time”

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 7: Memory

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What memory are you grateful for?

The memory that I am most grateful for is that of a life-changing and amazing experience in Costa Rica. I spent a week traveling with a group of about 10 people from the capital city of San Jose, to the surfing beaches of Jacó. Over 7 days we stayed in 4 different hotels participating in everything from zip-lining to white water rafting, walking through a cocoa plantation and making our own chocolate and hiking up the Arenal Volcano just to name a few. It was here that I had the best time of my life, it was here I became vegetarian again without having looked back since, it was here I became more in tune with my mind, body, and soul than ever before, it was here that I found myself.

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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 6: Nature

What in nature am I grateful for?

The future safety and well-being of our environment is the driving force behind my passion for conservation and sustainability, but my heart lies with the sea. The more I keep writing about the ocean in these posts, the stronger my love gets and the more grateful I become. There are so many aspects of the ocean that make me so happy and appreciative, it’s no surprise I am grateful for so many things regarding the big blue. Continue reading “30 Days of Gratitude – Day 6: Nature”

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 5: Sound

Today I am grateful for the sound of the ocean. The waves crashing onto the shore less than 500 feet away from my house is my remedy to life. I go to sleep to the beautiful ocean music and I wake up to it. Just like so many other aspects of the ocean, the sound of the sea has many crucial health benefits as well. It can be used as a stress-relieving, mind-freeing, and peaceful tool for the betterment of your body, mind, and soul. Every day when I leave my house, I walk over to the boardwalk and gaze out at the ocean.

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