GOOD

Day 19: Work on a Hobby You Love #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.


\n

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Work on a hobby you love.

I love doing journalism, but I’m not sure that an activity I get paid for constitutes a “hobby,” even when I’m performing it in much of my “free” time. After working, sleeping, and socializing, I don’t have a lot of hours left for hobbying, but I’ve recently been making some preparations, with the end goal of creating my own wall decorations. Even spending 15 minutes on it every day has helped to relax me and break up an interminable work week.

In my spare time, I’ve been betting on eBay for lots of vintage sewing patterns, picking up stray pieces of wrapping paper at thrift shops, painting some canvases I’ve had laying around while talking on the phone, and assembling a few old maps that I’m unlikely to be using for navigation purposes in the near future. I’m not sure where all of this is going, but I feel like it’s trending strongly in the “hobby” direction. Next time some serious hobbying time opens up, I’ll be ready.

-Amanda Hess

\n

Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Avoid using or consuming chemicals.

Articles
via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

Keep Reading
The Planet

Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

Keep Reading
via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

Keep Reading
Communities