The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Real Celebration: Nature Brings Surprises to a Montana Wedding

February 6, 2018

SoKind user Holly C. offers some lessons from her recent wedding experience, including that “keeping it simple” can be harder than expected.


Reflecting on the Holidays

by New Dream   |   January 15, 2018

Before you jump ahead to the next thing in your life, we urge you to pause and reflect on your holiday experience.


Coming Soon! New Dream's "Community in Action" Challenge

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 5, 2018

For 2018, we’ve created a simple plan: we’re going to issue a series of concrete action steps every few months that are designed to help you build stronger communities and better love your neighbors.


The Benefits—and Joy—of "Making Do" With What You Have

by Bea Echeverria   |   December 14, 2017

After moving to the U.S. from Spain, New Dreamer Bea Echevarria realized that "making do" wasn’t a coveted value for everyone. But there are many good reasons it should be.


NEW! Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

by New Dream   |   December 13, 2017

Hypercapitalism is a sharp, digestible, and funny cartoon guide to how global, privatizing, market-worshipping hypercapitalism threatens well-being, social justice, and the planet.


Skip the Goody Bags and Embrace Creativity Instead

by Rinny Yourman   |   December 13, 2017

New Dreamer Rinny Yourman describes how her family ditched goody bags in favor of giving guests at her daughter's birthday and Bat Mitzvah parties a more meaningful experience. 


Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

November 28, 2017

In the amount of time it would have taken you to find a parking spot at the mall, you’ll get thoughtful ideas for everyone on your list.


How We Started a Holiday Share Faire to Build Local Resilience and Create Community

by Rani Jayakumar   |   November 17, 2017

Learn how one California group is boosting local resilience and strengthening community ties by sharing stuff, skills, memories, and stories.


Outside-the-Box Experiential Gift Ideas

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 13, 2017

Ready to give more fun, less stuff this holiday season? New Dream Fellow Kelley Dennings provides us with a list of experiential gift ideas designed to help you give a personal, unique, and fun gift to your friends and family that won’t break the bank, regardless of where you live.


Tools, Tips, and Technology for Giving and Receiving Experiential Gifts

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 13, 2017

This holiday season, New Dream has embarked on a pilot campaign to promote experiential gift giving and receiving as a way to increase happiness and well-being. Check out the variety of resources we've created to help make giving and receiving experiential gifts easy and fun.


Experiences Increase Happiness and Well-Being, Research Shows

by Kelley Dennings   |   November 12, 2017

Need some more convincing that experiences increase happiness and well-being? New Dream's Behavior and Social Change Fellow, Kelley Dennings, brings us the research to back up the claim.


Helping Your Kids Embrace a “More Fun, Less Stuff” Holiday

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 7, 2017

New Dream's Edna Rienzi shares six tips for how she gets her family on board with a simpler, yet more meaningful, holiday season.


This Holiday, Opt for Giving Over Receiving

by Edna Rienzi   |   October 19, 2017

Rather than making a typical wish list of items to receive, why not create a list of gifts you want to give to your loved ones?


Beyond the Lion’s Den: Mapping a More Meaningful Family Holiday

by Shara Drew   |   October 12, 2017

New Dream's Shara Drew describes her quest to create a different kind of holiday tradition for her family—one that has nothing to do with "stuff."


Tips for a Greener, Simpler Halloween

by Lisa Mastny   |   October 11, 2017

Halloween is big business. Avoid the hype and direct your energy, $$$, and creativity toward a greener, simpler holiday.


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