Challenge Three: Go Wild

The Japanese have a wonderful expression for spending time in the woods: Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Widely practiced in Japan, forest bathing involves visiting a forest expressly for its health benefits. Advocates of Shinrin-yoku claim that breathing in the volatile organic compounds produced from trees, called phytoncides or wood essential oils, helps to promote relaxation… Read More

Challenge Two: Be Kind

How can you help strengthen the social fabric of your community? The drive-through lane of a Tim Hortons might not be the first thought that comes to mind when considering this question. In many ways, the drive-through culture prevalent in North America is the very symbol of a hurried, disconnected society. Yet, on a December… Read More

Challenge One: Walk On

In Vancouver, where I live, it’s easy to get around by foot. Thanks to a progressive style of urban planning that promotes compact, higher-density and mixed-use development, most people live and work near a wide selection of shops, restaurants, schools, parks and other amenities. Not only are many trips relatively short in length, but the… Read More