Peace—everybody’s talking about it, especially now, in the wake of the attacks across the world. Heartbreaking news will always be there, but sometimes we find strength to bear it only by taking occasional breaks from it.
Camp ideology is based on the value of retreating from everyday life for short periods to strengthen character and resilience in the world. That’s why peace, retreat and tranquility are at the heart of our favorite stories and posts from 2015. We invite you to pour a cup of tea and crack your emotional window for a wisp of fresh air as you peruse the articles below.
Beginning with child’s play for adults and ending in an enchanted forest, we wish you a big dose of tranquility now and for the coming year:
LIVING COLORScreen-soaked adults have found solace in coloring books, relieving stress with a sophisticated twist on the classic children’s pastime. You’ll definitely want to own or share these beautiful designs. (Psst: These would make a great inexpensive Christmas gift for sharing relaxation with the stressed adults in your life.)
In light of explosive violence worldwide, one enthusiast discusses ways that nature can promote peace.
A STROLL DOWN MUTANNABI STREETPreemptive Love Coalition, a nonprofit based in Iraq, gives readers a peak into Iraqi literary culture—an ancient neighborhood bustling with color, coffee, conversations, art, and books.
COMPASSION IN CLASSROOMSA new StoryCorps app supports a movement in storytelling that cultivates compassion in classrooms.
A new study shows how a nature walk can affect a brooding brain.
DROPOUTS TRENDING DOWNU.S. News reports high school graduation rates have taken a sharp upturn.
“THE MASK WE LIVE IN”A new documentary explores how messages of masculinity need to be reconstructed, rewritten, and reinforced to promote healthy development in boys.
On the heels of REI’s announcement to close on Black Friday, one nature advocate suggests ways to opt outside all year long.
TAKING A STANDNew standing desks help channel kids’ fidgety energy toward learning in a California elementary school.
A new book transports readers to the natural surroundings that inspired A.A. Milne’s One Hundred Acre Wood.
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