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Count Your Joys!

by Hillary Rettig

Why an Animal Activist Life is the Very Best Life This summer we shared two posts discussing how emotionally and socially challenging animal activism can be. You’ll find them here and here. The interesting thing is how many activists persevere despite these challenges. Some of this surely comes from a desire not to abandon animals […]

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Social Media Blues?

by Hillary Rettig

How Filtering Your Facebook, Twitter, and Other Feeds Can Make You a Happier and More Effective Activist Dear Hillary: “How do I enjoy myself when so many horrors go on continually?” Consider this a continuation of last month’s column on how to be happy in a world filled with suffering, in which  the importance of: […]

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How to Be Happy

by Hillary Rettig

How to Be Happy in a World Full of Suffering Dear Hillary: “How do I enjoy myself when so many horrors go on continually?” Dear Animal Activist: Thank you for your question, which was actually the most-submitted one. It saddens me to think that so many animal activists—whom I truly consider to be among the […]

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The Lifelong Activist

by Hillary Rettig

Welcome to the first Lifelong Activist advice column for animal activists and advocates, part of IDA’s Sustainable Activism Campaign. Our expert is Hillary Rettig, author of “The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way” (Lantern Books, 2006) and “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, […]

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Introducing Compassionate Objectivity

by Hillary Rettig

Meet the Antidote to Activist Guilt “I should have gone to that demo.” “I should have volunteered for that committee.” “I should have advocated better.” “I should have donated more money.” If you’re an animal activist, you’ve probably experienced the above or similar thoughts at different times. The amount of animal suffering in the world […]