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So we're nine days into the new year - how are you doing with your resolutions? Still going strong? Excellent.

So we're nine days into the new year - how are you doing with your resolutions?Still going strong? Excellent.Not doing so well? Well, it's all right. Many of us set lofty goals for ourselves at the beginning of this year and are at a loss as to where to start.  Oftentimes the biggest changes we want to set into motion in our lives require small pushes. Whether you want to be healthier, more environmentally minded or happier - all of these goals are attainable with a bit of a nudge.  Check out what we're reading this week to inspire us into taking those first steps toward achieving our goals. What are you doing?

Fresh Start for a New Year? Let’s Begin in the Kitchen


Mark Bittman strips the cupboards bare and then stocks them back up in his NY Times column.

While you’re stocking up, you might clear out a bit of the detritus that’s cluttering your shelves. Some of these things take up more space than they’re worth, while others are so much better in their real forms that the difference is laughable. Sadly, some remain in common usage even among good cooks. My point here is not to criminalize their use, but to point out how easily and successfully we can substitute for them, in every case with better results.


TIME magazine's Michael Grunwald delves into the not-so-glamorous but oh-so-effective world of energy efficiency.

This may sound too good to be true, but the U.S. has a renewable-energy resource that is perfectly clean, remarkably cheap, surprisingly abundant and immediately available. It has astounding potential to reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our planet, the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our security and the energy costs that threaten our wallets. Unlike coal and petroleum, it doesn't pollute; unlike solar and wind, it doesn't depend on the weather; unlike ethanol, it doesn't accelerate deforestation or inflate food prices; unlike nuclear plants, it doesn't raise uncomfortable questions about meltdowns or terrorist attacks or radioactive-waste storage, and it doesn't take a decade to build. It isn't what-if like hydrogen, clean coal and tidal power; it's already proven to be workable, scalable and cost-effective. And we don't need to import it.

TED Talks: Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness

Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard talks about training our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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