For many people living in the developed world, day to day life is hectic and increasingly stressful. While we are more connected than ever before, the amount of free time we have to take stock of our lives and spend time with friends and family is constantly under threat.
Maybe we should move to north-east Scotland.
Founded in 1962, the Findhorn Foundation has sustainability and clean living at its core, and offers an alternative way of life to the millions of us who find ourselves in the rat race.
Its Ecovillage is home to a range of environmentally friendly features as well as residents who share similar values.
"One of the things that drew us to Findhorn was a desire to live closer to nature and to be able to have a sustainable lifestyle where we were living near our family and along with friends who also wanted to live a sustainable lifestyle," Lisa Shaw, a resident and director of Biometrix Water, told CNBC's Sustainable Energy.
The community is home to a 250 kilowatt biomass boiler – which helps cut carbon emissions by roughly 80 tons annually – solar water heating systems and a car sharing club that uses zero-emission electric vehicles. Findhorn even has its own local currency, the eko.
Wind power is also crucial to life in Findhorn and four turbines – owned by the community – meet all its electricity needs.