Affluenza Meets Advent Conspiracy

This Christmas we're trying something a little different. We're trying to spend less and give more. We have so much and I don't know that my house can contain more gifts year after year and make my life "better". By the world's standards, we're pretty stinking rich. Even though I don't feel affluent by the O.C's standards [see], we are. Wikipedia defines the common malady of “Affluenza” in the following way:

Affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. (de Graaf, 2002)

1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Jones's.

2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream.

3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. (PBS)

Resonate? This Christmas, we're joining thousands of others in the Advent Conspiracy. Wanna join us?

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April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.