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50 Hours of Happiness

This is just stunning: BBC has released 50 hours of video from Earth II which they’re calling a “visual soundscape” as part of their Real Happiness Project. Nature — even nature video — has been proven to increase happiness, so they’ve put together five 10 hour videos of nature and posted them on YouTube! You can click through to all videos from this Treehugger article and add the videos to your playlists (or create a massive 50 hr playlist)! As the heat of summer increases, actually spending any significant amount of time in nature becomes more difficult—but you can now pour a cold beverage and sink into breathtaking landscapes anywhere you may be. Enjoy!!!

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Drifting and Dreaming with The Dude

This is an interesting unusual album: The Sleeping Tapes, made by Jeff Bridges (best known as The Dude in The Big Lebowski). The ambient album is available for download, pay whatever you want (or nothing at all). All of your donation goes to No Kid Hungry. I don’t know if this is really a good tape for falling asleep. It’s more like a relaxation tape or guided meditation. It has a few rough edges, unexpected moments or phrases, but that’s part of the charm. It really is Jeff Bridges, just talking off the cuff, and sounding a bit like The Dude, or at least like someone The Dude would really dig. I put the album on last night, but fell asleep instantly, so I don’t know if that means I would’ve fallen asleep soon anyway, or if the album was instantly soporific. LOL 😆 The Dude Abides.