2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year--and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge--welcome! This month’s theme is Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Use convenience to your advantage. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?
I don't usually get headaches. (Photo to the left is not me.) So when I woke up at 4 a.m. for the third consecutive day with a splitting pain in the back of my skull, I drew the logical conclusion: terminal brain tumor.
We’ve been losing. And the machines have been winning. Robots control manufacturing. Computers control all our communications. We’ve been losing the games too. Recently, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings lost to IBM’s Watson. He then “welcomed our new computer overlords.” Should we all bow down to the new computer bosses?
The connection between artistic creativity and happiness is a slippery topic at best. After all, what about all those less-than-happy ending stories about artists with depression or other emotional challenges? Doesn't art come from emotional pain? But there is a growing body of research that underscores the contrary, that art has a powerful effect on us in positive ways.
Just as sex sells, infidelity sells. However, Dr. Bradford Wilcox says, "Despite the marital misbehavior of a few politicians and athletes, infidelity is becoming less popular, not more popular, in America."
The brain is highly integrated, so three key functions--avoiding, approaching, and attaching-- are accomplished by all parts of the brain working together. Nonetheless, each function is particularly served by the region of the brain that first evolved to handle it. This fact has significant implications.
What would you write to someone about to start a new journey in their life? I really enjoyed the process of reflecting on what I would say to a younger version of myself—and think you may enjoy tackling a similar project. In this post, I share with you 18 guideposts for your personal journey.
I sometimes suffer extrovert envy. I just returned from a vacation at a small all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The vacation was lovely and I have no complaints, only an observation: It seemed like extroverts got more gracious service. I certainly can't blame the staff for responding positively to outgoing energy.
Well it's this simple, human beings, regardless of race, religion or culture are likely to embrace any belief that is absolute. This is because absolute beliefs are simple, easy to comprehend and false positives that offer us a false sense of security.
Assay: I’m a huge fan of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. If you read these brilliant stories as a child, you should re-read them now; so much of the humor is pitched at grown-ups–marriage, friendship, theories of child-rearing.