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read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion



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By: eitje

Sun, 26 Nov 2006 07:02:55 +0000

one thing i wonder about is the huge negative impact that air travel seems to have on the HPI. i fly a lot, which really hurts my score. :S



By: hollylisle

Sat, 25 Nov 2006 19:43:15 +0000

eitje---Took the Happy Planet test. I liked my results, though clearly I'd be doing better if I went back to being vegan and got out and walked more. And if our area had any available recycling facility. Thank you for the link. My results suggest being a writer and liking what you're writing are pretty good for you. And that a passel of relatives that lived to ripe old ages is a pretty good thing, too. Happy Planet Index Your personal Happy Planet Index (HPI) is 79.4, which is above that for any country, including top-placed Vanuatu. Congratulations! However, it is still below the reasonable ideal we have set, of 83, so you can still do more to improve your health and well-being, or reduce your environmental impact. Your score is above that of your country, 28.8. Below is a breakdown of the various components that make up your HPI score. You: 79.4 Average: 43.3 [Average is of all online responses to this survey - not the average for your country] Life Expectancy Hurray! Your life expectancy is well above average for your gender and country. Probably, you're doing all the major things right - eating well, not smoking, getting regular exercise, and you're lucky enough to have the right genes. Are there any more ways you could make a difference? Some factors that improve your life expectancy are more surprising than others. For example, giving up your car, avoiding living alone, moving out of the city and shrugging off stress. You: 90.4 Average: 80.8 [Average is of all online responses to this survey - not the average for your country] Ecological Footprint Your ecological footprint is 3.59 global hectares, or 1.99 planets. This is equivalent to the average in countries such as Poland, Slovakia or Malta. Your ecological footprint is less than half the average for the country you live in. You are using between and one and a half and three times your share of the planet's resources (assuming no resources are put aside for other species). This is an amount typical of people in many industrialised countries, though just below the average for the UK. As such, if you are living in an industrialised country, you are probably doing some things well and some things not so well in terms of reducing your ecological impact. Seven ways that everyone can reduce their footprint include: 1. It's obvious, but we have to say it. Conserve energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, buy energy-efficient bulbs and appliances, turn off your TV completely, rather than leave it on standby. 2. Reduce your waste. If there are ways to recycle where you live, try and do so. If you have a garden, start a compost heap. Re-use plastic bags. Give away clothes you don't use, rather than throwing them away. There are hundreds of little things you can do. 3. Live with someone! Whether it be your partner, family, children or friends, sharing your living space means sharing your ecological impact. It will probably also increase your well-being! 4. Leave your car in the garage. Car use has a huge impact on ecological footprint. Obviously it's easier for some people than others, but where possible, try to use public transport more. Or, even better, get on a bike, or simply walk! 5. Go local. Why buy tomatoes from another country, if you can get home grown ones? For those living in Europe - think about all those miles travelled by wine from South Africa and Australia, when Europe produces some of the best wines in the world. 6. You don't have to become vegetarian, but cutting down on meat, particularly beef, and particularly from animals fed by imported soya feed, is an effective step to reducing your footprint. 7. It has to be said that air travel is one of the biggest contributors to many people's footprints. For example, flying direct from London to Sydney and back would add 5.44 g ha to your footprint - that's the average Briton's footprint for an entire year. Flights with a connection add even more polluting air miles. [...]



By: eitje

Sat, 25 Nov 2006 00:54:09 +0000

interesting about the kids - seems to also reflect up to the parents. http://www.happyplanetindex.org/map.htm :-o You are The High Priestess There was a game for the Super Nintendo when I was growing up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogre_Battle:_March_of_the_Black_Queen) that asked a series of questions when you were creating your character. the way you answered dictated the character type you ended up with.



By: Jim

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 00:04:53 +0000

You are the Hanged Man Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound. With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear of loss from a situation, rather than gain. The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes. The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.



By: arrvee

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 20:31:27 +0000

Oh, and the first item on your list is really the only one that matters. Once you realize that NOTHING is about you, the rest follows naturally. Good writing!



By: arrvee

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 20:29:25 +0000

Hope the headache fades and stays gone for a long, long time. I'm The Emperor. MWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!!!



By: pugh7755

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 16:06:23 +0000

I'm glad your back, Holly. You were missed greatly. I hope your feeling much better today. As for my tarot: I am The Hermit Prudence, Caution, Deliberation. The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events. The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity. The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing. Pretty accurate, a little off in some areas. I'll have to do my own reading later and see how close they match. Good to have you back, Holly.



By: The English Rose

Mon, 20 Nov 2006 12:30:03 +0000

Good to see you. I hope your headache stays gone and you can get some work done. Hm. My tarot card: "Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of intoxication with success. The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change." Only I have the worst luck of anyone I know! *g*