For many of us, education is something we’ve always known. We started in kindergarten, maybe preschool, and continued through college. We know a lot about life inside the classroom and little about life outside of it. But have we really ever thought about about our most basic motivations to become educated? People who are intrinsically motivated tend to receive the most value from their education because they are motivated to learn by internal factors like curiosity and seek rewards like satisfaction and knowledge, rather than money or status. Additionally, those who are intrinsically motivated tend to find and follow their passions, which will likely result in an extremely worthwhile career. Be completely honest with yourself when reflecting our your most basic motivation to receive an education; if it’s money, accept that, but try to also reflect on what might intrinsically motivate you. Discovering this could lead to a more enlightened and meaningful life.
Dualistic thinking is a way of thinking that divides your thoughts into two opposite categories. You either are or are not, and there is no middle ground. Despite the fact that society may try to confine things like political parties and personal labels into two distinct and opposite categories for simplicity, we all know that the world is more complex than this. There is always a grey area and most people find themselves searching for a label for their grey area beliefs or they try to align themselves with one of society’s categories. But trying to be something we are not because society labeled it that way is detrimental, so taking the time to reflect on your dualistic beliefs in order to begin thinking of things less dualistically is an important step to a more enlightened life.
Too often our behaviors are not aligned with our values. The underlying principle for learning about sustainability or exhibiting sustainable behavior is values, which we define as beliefs in, or demonstrations of, the significance and meaning of objects, qualities, or human behaviors. When solving sustainability problems, we are confronted with a decision we must make according to our values related to human well-being and survival. As individuals and as a society, we must understand the value-related ramifications of our actions on a host of factors that determine sustainable practices, whether they be corporate, community, or individual. Individuals generally embrace admirable values related to sustainability, but often encounter a “cognitive dissonance” when asked to explain whether their actions accurately reflect their values. In short, many of us often do not act according to our values (it is a question of integrity). This inconsistency often motivates individuals to more actively align their behaviors with their values.
“Great sleep is hard to come by in our society, but it turns out you can make the most out of your sleep by sleeping in the nude. It can help your health and your wallet (no more paying for pajamas or blasting the air conditioning at night!) Studies suggest that 60-67 degrees farenheit is the optimal room temperature for a good night’s rest, and people who have difficulty falling asleep may have a warmer internal body temperature that makes it challenging for one’s body temperature to drop in order to promote deep, rejuvenating sleep. For those who can, sleeping in the nude is a great way to ensure deep, undisturbed sleep and resulting healthy hormonal regulation. It is a much less expensive alternative to some of the luxury bed temperature regulation devices currently on the market.”