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By Ivan Dzido

In 1997, Don Miguel Ruiz, a Mexican author of New Age spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts published a book with the magic title “The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom”. This book can be considered as his most famous and influential work, and has sold around 4 million copies. In “The Four Agreements”, Don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in your life.

Adopting and committing to these agreements seems to be simple but actually living by and keeping these four Agreements can be one of the hardest things you will ever do. It can also be one of the most life changing things you will ever do. As you practice living by these four practices your life will dramatically change. In the beginning these new habits will be challenging and you will lapse countless times. With practice the agreements become integrated into your being and every area of your life and become easy habits to keep.
KRAV
KRAV is a key player in the organic market in Sweden. We develop organic standards and promote the KRAV label.

KRAV is organised as an incorporated association with, at present, 28 members. They represent farmers, processors, trade and also consumer, environmental and animal welfare interests.
KRAV owns a subsidiary, Aranea Certifiering AB, which carries out inspections according to KRAV standards.

Link: krav.se
The World Database of Happiness is an ongoing register of scientific research on the subjective enjoyment of life.
World Database of Happiness


It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides a basis for synthetic work. The Database consists of the following interrelated collections, the interconnections of which are visualized on a flow chart.

Link: worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl
The World Future Council is a new voice in the global political arena - one that draws on our shared human values to champion the rights of future generations, and works to ensure that humanity acts now for a sustainable future.
World Future Council


Despite having the means to tackle many of the problems we currently face, the existing global system of governance has so far seemed incapable of addressing them, often failing to adopt available solutions. The World Future Council will identify and promote successful policies, using existing networks to connect with over 25,000 parliamentarians, and more than 8,000 civil society organizations worldwide, arguing not for an ideology or a nation or a religion or a political party but for one thing only: our common future.

Link: worldfuturecouncil.org
Goodness in History
Welcome to the 'In Search of Goodness' project! The purpose of this site is to invite visitors to share examples of goodness from history. Our motivation is the insight that it is not only a battle to survive per se that keeps us alive but it is the moments of tenderness, goodness and kindness that keep up our desire to live and our trust in humankind.

Our intention is to learn from the success of positive efforts by underlining positive rather than negative examples from history in order to cultivate a trustful and hopeful view on humankind's past, present and future.

Link: marstonhill.com/wiki
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The European Intercultural Workplace Project (2004-2007) brings together partners in 10 European countries to investigate challenges posed by an increasingly intercultural work environment. Funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme II, the project is intended to highlight key issues for managers, employees and customers from host and immigrant cultures in public, private and education sectors. Although similar in some respects, workplaces across Europe often differ according to context, demography, geographical area, economic sector and intercultural issues.

Link: eiworkplace.net
Gonzaguinha
Discover Gonzaguinha! Gonzaguinha (1945-1991) was a Brazilian singer songwriter. He was raised in favela São Carlos in Rio de Janeiro by foster parents. Gonzaguinha was a witness of the urban chaos of Rio de Janeiro. He criticized the military regime 1964-1984 and he wrote about the killings of the street children. But, importantly, you do not have to know what the lyric is about, and you do not need to know anything about the biography. Gonzaguinha's voice carries "saudade" the Portuguese-Brazilian word for longing. This outstanding music goes directly to the heart.

Recommended CD:s
Gonzaguinha MPB Composidores (1997) Globo
Cavaleiro Solitario (1993) Som Livre
Luizinho de Gonzaga – Gonzagão, Gonzaga, Gonzaguinha (1990) EMI

Link: gonzaguinha.com.br
Thievery Corporation
Everything that's real
And everything unrealized
All infinity
Starts falling from your eyes

We are fluid dreams
Vivid memories
All uncertainly
Leads to eternity

Link: thieverycorporation.com
deviantART
deviantART is a popular online artistic community. It aims to provide a place for any artist, photographer, or writer to exhibit and discuss his or her works.

It also provides a community of like-minded individuals and is visited by 1.5 million individuals per day who view 35 million pages (per day).

As of January 2007 the site consists of over 3.5 million users and over 30 million submissions, and receives around 50,000 submissions per day.

Link: deviantart.com
Guerrilla Gardening
You will be amazed how many little grubby patches of unloved public space there are. Neglected flower beds, concrete planters sprouting litter and untamed plants, bare plots of mud. Chose one close to home, perhaps you pass it on the way to the shops or work, and appoint yourself it's parent.

Link: guerrillagardening.org
Permaculture
Permaculture is the art and science of designing human beings' place in the environment.

Permaculture design teaches you to understand and mirror the patterns found in healthy natural environments.

You can then build profitable, productive, sustainable, cultivated ecosystems, which include people, and have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Link: permaculture.com
The Art
The pen makes you think differently from the keyboard.
It imposes a rigour and brevity which keys cannot.
Compare, for example, any civil service email of today
to well-crafted hand-written memo:
the pen instills an artfulness and respect
for the [English] language.

Link: ptlslzb87.blogspot.com
Beyond Poetry
Beyond Poetry is about Conscious Being-ness expressing as you, me and we.

The identifications that we constantly face, that keeps us from seeing through the haze.

Often revealed through one or another form of rejection or dejection,
That may lead to the painful walk of honest reflection,
Where we with courage face delusion and deception,
All the way down to the story of conception.
Marston Hill intercultural center for quality of life is both a physical location in Mullsjö, Sweden (see http://www.marstonhill.com if you would like to visit us) and a network and forum where people can contribute information about phenomena which could help us achieve a higher quality of life. This site contains information about and links to such phenomena.

Marston Hill Intercultural Center for Quality of Life is a non-profit organization which based on on all human cultures tries to find and promote ideas which enhance Quality of Life. You can join us by contributing ideas, work or a donation.

How to contribute:
• Contribute an idea enhancing Quality of Life
• Contribute work on a project enhancing Quality of Life
• Make a donation







Phenomena from different cultures on earth which are believed to enhance quality of life.