First off, check out this article about the Estonian Bank of Happiness. Freakin' awesome! For what it's worth, I'm *all* about the bartering - if you're an electrician, or a carpenter, or have a sweet place in an awesome location that's sitting empty in the summer, I'm psyched to build you a frame in exchange...
My favorite part is that it's not a straight exchange - if you do a lot of good deeds, the idea is that someone will do one for you without asking anything in return. Call me a hippy if you want, but this kind of thing makes me smile. Post-capitalism, baby!
And no, I'm not being patronizing. I didn't know where the heck Estonia was either. So now you've learned something, you ignoramus.
Now, another thing that makes me smile: tasty, spicy food. I made this recipe with seitan, but I think (based on my hazy recollections of eating meat at age 14) that chicken would work well too if you swing that way.
Jerk Seitan tacos! (well, it's not really "jerk", for those Jamaican food fanatics)
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz seitan or chicken, chopped into 1/2" cubes
1/2c pineapple juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
3 tsp curry powder (the hot kind - thai curry paste will work in a pinch)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger or powdered if you don't have fresh
1 tbsp lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Fry up the onion for 3-5 minutes, then add everything except the lime juice and yogurt and cook until the pineapple juice is all absorbed/boiled off. Add lime juice, serve in tortillas, taco shells, or over rice with a dollop of yogurt.
Easy, delicious, moderately healthy. What else can you ask for?