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This month on good.is, we are focusing on the topic of health. Whether you're taking your well-being into your own hands, or relying on...

This month on good.is, we are focusing on the topic of health. Whether you're taking your well-being into your own hands, or relying on traditional or alternative doctors, this round-up from our archive of GOOD infographics explores the state of health—and just might inspire your next DIY checkup.


Health Habits Around the World

A global survey conducted by The Nielsen Company last year found that people from different countries and cultures generally agree on how to lose weight and what foods are the healthiest.

A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media

What's the State of Healthcare in America?

Who are the uninsured in America and how do they affect healthcare costs? What are some of the ways that the Affordable Care Act will affect you? Find the answers and more here.

This interactive infographic was a collaboration between GOOD and Other Means, with support from MTV

Which States Have the Worst Air?

The Natural Resources Defense Council published its annual "Toxic Twenty" list, ranking U.S. states by their toxic air pollution. Which ones are responsible for the largest share of toxic emissions from the electric sector? And how do they threaten the health of our families and children?

A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media

Vaccination Nation

The only scientific evidence showing a link between vaccines and childhood autism has been thoroughly debunked. So why do so many parents still refuse to get their kids immunized?

A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media

The Long Wait for Donated Organs

Organ donation rates have increased considerably as awareness of organ donor programs has grown over the past 20 years, yet nearly 20 Americans a day still die while waiting for a transplant.

A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media

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A study out of Belgium found that smart people are much less likely to be bigoted. The same study also found that people who are bigoted are more likely to overestimate their own intelligence.

A horrifying story out of Germany is a perfect example of this truth on full display: an anti-Semite was so dumb the was unable to open a door at the temple he tried to attack.

On Wednesday, October 9, congregants gathered at a synagogue in Humboldtstrasse, Germany for a Yom Kippur service, and an anti-Semite armed with explosives and carrying a rifle attempted to barge in through the door.

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via Andi-Graf / Pixabay

The old saying goes something like, "Possessions don't make you happy." A more dire version is, "What you own, ends up owning you."

Are these old adages true or just the empty words of ancient party-poopers challenging you not to buy an iPhone 11? According to a new study of 968 young adults by the University of Arizona, being materialistic only brings us misery.

The study examined how engaging in pro-environmental behaviors affects the well-being of millenials. The study found two ways in which they modify their behaviors to help the environment: they either reduce what they consume or purchase green items.

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Culture

One of the biggest obstacles to getting assault weapons banned in the United States is the amount of money they generate.

There were around 10 million guns manufactured in the U.S. in 2016 of which around 2 million were semiautomatic, assault-style weapons. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry's trade association, the U.S. industry's total economic impact in 2016 alone was $51 billion.

In 2016, the NRA gave over $50 million to buy support from lawmakers. When one considers the tens of millions of dollars spent on commerce and corruption, it's no wonder gun control advocates have an uphill battle.

That, of course, assumes that money can control just about anyone in the equation. However, there are a few brave souls who actually value human life over profit.

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via Reddit and NASA / Wikimedia Commons

Trees give us a unique glimpse into our past. An examination of tree rings can show us what the climate was like in a given year. Was it a wet winter? Were there hurricanes in the summer? Did a forest fire ravage the area?

An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

Over the past 83 million years there have been 183 magnetic pole reversals, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete.

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The Planet
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The final episode of "The Sopranos" made a lot of people angry because it ends with mob boss Tony Soprano and his family eating at an ice cream parlor while "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey plays in the background … and then, suddenly, the screen turns black.

Some thought the ending was a dirty trick, while others saw it as a stroke of brilliance. A popular theory is that Tony gets shot, but doesn't know it because, as his brother-in-law Bobby Baccala said, "You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?"

So the show gives us all an idea of what it's like to die. We're here and then we're not.

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