Some time back, I contemplated writing a book about practical survival. I thought, and still think, that most folks miss the point of survivalism. Stocking beans and bullets may be useful, but if you don't have the funds to pay the rent, or don't maintain your roof, you're not surviving very well, no matter how much ammunition you have stored.
My point is, the things that help us thrive on a daily basis are the same things that will be most useful to us during an emergency. I still may write the book one day, but in the meantime, here is the first installment in my Practical Survival series.