We can't alter our genetic set points, and changes in life circumstances don't have a lasting impact on our happiness, but we can increase and sustain our happiness through intentional activities. If we observe genuinely ...
Children in North America make up a small percentage of the world's population but play with at least 40% of all the world's toys -- many which are ignored in their closets.
We cling to sweaters that aren't worn, cookbooks never stained by buttery fingers, photo albums eclipsed by digital files we also don't keep in order, piles of sports equipment growing fatter from sitting idle, and on some hanger a ski jacket from 1983.
National happiness campaigns such as that adopted by the Government at a cost of millions of pounds are likely to make people unhappier, according to new research.
I'm of mixed mind on this. Happiness, yes. But national happiness, I guess I don't trust politicians to do the right thing.
Reminds me a bit of the running joke in the annual Esquire Ignominious Awards. They lucked into the meme of Nixon, grinning, with the caption "Why Is This Man Laughiing?" which of course took on double meaning in and after Watergate. Went with it for years and I always chuckled at Nixon's expense.
Psychologist Bertram R. Forer (1914-2000) found that people tend to accept vague and general personality descriptions as uniquely applicable to themselves without realizing that the same description could be applied to just about anyone.
A psychic placebo?
Is it ethical to hand out happiness sugar pills to the masses?
"An online life tool that 'allows learners to gather and organize information about what they are learning, to validate their progress, and to share their success.
Understand skills needed for the role, learn informally then prove your mastery."
Portfolio maker. The experience resume, built continuously and documenting progress. College sheepskins will lose out to credentials that show action and direction rather than the conformity and discipline required to earn a transcript of "required" learning.
"Subjective well-being" is the satisfaction you feel when looking back in time and seeing a string of accomplishments while aiming to make a dent in the universe. This makes life worth living.
A comprehensive electronic life portfolio provides reminders and memory-jogs that let's you reflect on what you're really doing.
Constructing your life story should be in the list of practices for well-being, or living smarter, as this may evolve into.
If you’ve read the free eBooks that I give away on our ADDer World Social Network then you probably noticed that they are sprinkled with meaningful quotes.
Inspirational quotations. Some are corny, like folk medicine. But, like folk medicne, they work, even if pharma has not figured out how.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” ~Betty Smith
“You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.” ~Lydia M. Child
There are many more here.
“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.” ~William James
This is one of the most profound discoveries in human history and yet we keep forgetting it and remembering it throughout our lives.
Happiness depends on the mental model of life you construct in the electically-charged chemical soup that occupies your head: your brain. It's not what is, it's how you see it.
Research finds it takes four positive thoughts to balance one negative thought.
Practical tips from the Wall Street Journal:
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Here are ways to be your own best friend in stressful times.
Instead of "pushing through" a bad day, look for ways to actively improve it. Take a small break. Get an ice-cream cone. Invite a friend out to dinner.
Resist the urge to make your problems worse. "Ask yourself, How much of my distress is the real problem, and how much is stuff I am heaping on myself unnecessarily?" says Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
Boost your daily ratio of positive-to-negative emotions, says Elaine Fox, a cognitive psychologist. What do you enjoy doing? Seeing your best buddy, watching a funny movie, walking in the park? Make a list and do one a day.
Then list things you really don't enjoy. Are there people who bring you down? Hobbies that no longer interest you? Errands you can delegate? Some of this stuff can be avoided.
If you don't feel happy, fake it. You wouldn't constantly burden a friend with your bad mood, so don't burden yourself. Try holding a pencil horizontally in your mouth. "This activates the same muscles that create a smile, and our brain interprets this as happiness," Dr. Fox says.
Eudaimonia or eudaemonia (Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯monía]), sometimes anglicized as eudemonia ( /juːdɨˈmoʊniə/), is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness or welfare; however, "human flourishing" has been proposed as a more accurate translation.
Etymologically, it consists of the words "eu" ("good") and "daimōn" ("spirit"). It is a central concept in Aristotelian ethics and political philosophy, along with the terms "aretē", most often translated as "virtue" or "excellence", and "phronesis", often translated as "practical or ethical wisdom". In Aristotle's works, eudaimonia was (based on older Greek tradition) used as the term for the highest human good, and so it is the aim of practical philosophy, including ethics and political philosophy, to consider (and also experience) what it really is, and how it can be achieved.
Discussion of the links between virtue of character (ethikē aretē) and happiness (eudaimonia) is one of the central preoccupations of ancient ethics, and a subject of much disagreement. As a result there are many varieties of eudaimonism. Two of the most influential forms are those of Aristotle and the Stoics. Aristotle takes virtue and its exercise to be the most important constituent in eudaimonia but does acknowledge the importance of external goods such as health, wealth, and beauty. By contrast, the Stoics make virtue necessary and sufficient for eudaimonia and thus deny the necessity of external goods.
We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering -- and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy -- we cling on to them.
For flex-time, leave and even telecommuting policies to be fair for all, parenthood has to stop being the central focus behind their development. Here are three ways these kinds of policies could be made more equitable.
I'm skeptical about work/life balance. There's more to it than putting in hours.
We don't become different people based on location.
Is it your boss or co-workers? Commentator Teresa Ambile weighs in.
Our analysis of day-by-day mood and motivation for those six teams found that the organizational context -- such as top management criticism -- was overshadowed by the local things, like a team leader’s encouragement and coworkers’ support.
Bad dynamics at the local level can make you miserable and undermine your performance. In one of the teams we studied, nearly everyone hated coming to work -- even though the organizational environment was OK. Two mechanical engineers on the team saw each other as rivals and never agreed on even the simplest decisions. They sniped at each other constantly. The team leader was ineffectual at stemming the conflict, and progress for the entire group slowed to a crawl.
http://www.ted.com Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it mo...
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