Money can buy happiness — if you share it, that is. That’s one of the key research findings of a UBC professor who collaborated on a new book called Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, due for release next Tuesday.
"With the large portions frequently dished out in U.S. restaurants, diners are often given the option of taking home the leftovers in “doggie bags.” Lots of times that extra food is simply left on the plate and thrown away. In fact, about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. is wasted. That’s a shameful statistic."
"A new concept, called “Halfsies,” limits the amount of food you’re served, and uses the extra money to help fight hunger—and reduce waste."
Stand up. Turn off the tube. Add months to your life.
"We all know by now that being inactive is unhealthy. But far too many of us think that being inactive is something that happens to other people.
Studies of daily movement patterns, though, show that your typical modern exerciser, even someone who runs, subsequently sits for hours afterward, often moving less over all than on days when he or she does not work out."
"In the video, music brings an elderly man out of his torpor and he experiences a 'quickening' as Dr. Oliver Sacks says in the video, quoting the philosopher Kant who once described music as "the quickening art.""
"If the playwright Israel Zangwill had been familiar with the Moroccan kitchen, he might have given his 1908 play about an assimilated society a title other than “The Melting Pot.” The term doesn’t reflect the utopian values for which Zangwill stood. In a melting pot, foam (also known as “scum”) floats to the top."
"The connotations of that—rabble, mobs, disorder—were probably not what Zangwill intended. He could have avoided all of that if he had chosen a different metaphor: the Moroccan pot known as the “tagine.” Time is the only thing this Moroccan melting pot needs to fuse everything you put into it."
"John Hardy's dream of building a green school comes alive in Bali. With bamboo architecture, no walls and a diverse range of teachers, this school not only teaches reading writing and arithmetic but also teaches how to reconnect to nature thus building future green leaders."
"This is my first child so I didn't know what to do when his teeth started to show," she said. When Memory needed tips and advice about her son's teething process, she didn't need to go to her local clinic or call a doctor. Instead, she receives several text messages a week about her baby's development from the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, affectionately known as MAMA -- a global movement that uses mobile technologies to improve the health and lives of mothers in developing nations.
"In Japan, they call it shinrin-yoku – literally, “forest bathing.” Here, we might just call it a walk in the park. Either way, people around the world have an intuitive sense of the restorative power of natural environments. The question is: Why?"
"Matteo — they’re a band from Salt Lake City that spent years “meandering through Chinese street markets and mountains,” gathering “a hearty collection of Chinese traditional instruments,” and then incorporating their sounds into their own brand of american indie-folk music."
"We naturally imitate the people around us, we adopt their ideas about appropriate behavior, and we feel what they feel. Acts of charity are no exception. In our 2010 generosity experiment, we showed that every extra dollar of giving in a game designed to measure altruism caused people who saw that giving to donate an extra twenty cents."
Education, engagement, and creativity produce happier and longer lives.
"Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness. Education has been widely documented by researchers as the single variable tied most directly to improved health and longevity. And when people are intensely engaged in doing and learning new things, their well-being and happiness can blossom."
"Today is Pi Day, the best day of the year (well, it's in the top 3.1415)! Pi Day was created to commemorate the mathematical constant π (pi), and it is celebrated today because March 14 is written as 3/14 in the month/day date format."
The Picycle was created by Tang Yau Hoong and you can buy prints of his artwork.
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