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Green is where the Heart Is for April 9th, 2014

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”  ~Mother Teresa

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Nic Marks begins his talk at TED with the line, “Martin Luther King did not say ‘I have a nightmare’ when he inspired the civil rights movement.  He said,  ‘I have a dream.’”  This immediately caught my attention.   I wholeheartedly believe it is more effective to go after what you want instead of creating fear around what you do not want.  So what do I want?  I want to create a healthy, happy lifestyle for my planet and myself and encourage family, friends and others to join me.   
The question is, “Can healthy happy people coexist with a healthy happy planet?”  Nic Marks and his team at the Centre for Well-Being created the Happy Planet Index  (HPI.)    This innovative measure connects human well being with environmental impact.  The high scoring nations have citizens who achieve long happy lives without abusing the planet’s resources.   In other words, this index gives a fresh look at how we measure National Well Being. 
What the HPI reveals is that human health and happiness are not direct results of merely having lots of stuff.  In fact, happiness and contentment come from 5 positive actions and none of them rely on destroying our natural resources.
Those 5 positive actions are:  1.) Connection (TAO) having social relationships with loved ones.  2.) Being active.  Step outside in nature and move.  Dog walkers have a higher rate of health and happiness.  3.)  Take notice of life around.  Being aware of seasons, moon phases, birds singing and others creates more happiness.  4.)  Keep learning.  Curiosity may have killed the cat but embracing new ideas will keep an older person young at heart.  5.)  Give generously. 
You may have been taught, “It is better to give than to receive.”  Our bodies are hardwired to a reward mechanism that makes generosity actually feel good.
Let’s concentrate on the dream and practice the positive actions.  Then we will not have to preach happiness and health…..we will be it.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.