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9 06, 2016

The social construction of stories

Thu, Jun 9, 2016|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , |Comments Off on The social construction of stories

From Edge: I went for dinner with a friend who spent the whole of the evening complaining about her job, her boss, her colleagues, and her commute. Everything about her day-to-day experiences was miserable. Then, at the end of dinner, she said, "I love where I work." That's quite common. She was working for an organization where she'd always wanted to work, her parents were proud, her friends were jealous. How could she not be happy when she thought about the story of how happy she was where she was working? Her experiences—day-to-day and moment-to-moment—were telling her something quite different. · Go to The social construction of stories →

4 03, 2016

21 days to happiness with Shawn Achor

Fri, Mar 4, 2016|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on 21 days to happiness with Shawn Achor

From Oprah: Powerful, positive and practical happiness habits that build joy—in less than 5 minutes everyday. Over 40 lesson videos with Shawn where he will guide you to master the skill of happiness in your own life. Shawn's Happiness Secret—revealing how to inspire happiness in others. A personality assessment to help you answer the question "How happy are YOU?" · Go to 21 days to happiness with Shawn Achor →

15 11, 2015

Does trying to be happy make us unhappy?

Sun, Nov 15, 2015|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Does trying to be happy make us unhappy?

From Adam Grant: As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The kingdom of Bhutan created a national index to measure happiness. But what if searching for happiness actually prevents us from finding it? There’s reason to believe that the quest for happiness might be a recipe for misery. · Go to Does trying to be happy make us unhappy? →

7 12, 2014

Pharrell Williams on the ‘happy’ phenomenon

Sun, Dec 7, 2014|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Pharrell Williams on the ‘happy’ phenomenon

From NY Times: Happiness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triviality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recognize its existence. It’s as important as the breath of air in your lungs. If people aren’t happy, the world is not right. Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it free. · Go to Pharrell Williams on the ‘happy’ phenomenon →

1 07, 2014

How Pharrell’s creative director is making the world happy

Tue, Jul 1, 2014|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on How Pharrell’s creative director is making the world happy

From Fast Company: Pharrell Williams recently told a magazine that he used to be "the guy next to the guy." It was an apt description for a man who spent much of his two-decade career as the behind-the-scenes producer, or the somewhat famous singer/rapper in the video with the very famous singer/rapper. This past year, thanks to gargantuan hits, an Oscar nomination and a critically acclaimed solo album, Pharrell became The Guy. Which begs the question: Who is next to him? Her name is Mimi Valdés, and her vision is changing the way the world consumes pop culture. · Go to How Pharrell’s creative director is making the world happy →

10 09, 2013

The 10 happiest countries in the world, and why we’re not one of them

Tue, Sep 10, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on The 10 happiest countries in the world, and why we’re not one of them

From Fast Company: The United Nations just released its second World Happiness Report, which ranks countries according to happiness levels. Nordic countries are at the top this year, while the U.S., Egypt, and Greece are (surprise!) all more disgruntled than they were in years past. · Go to The 10 happiest countries in the world, and why we’re not one of them →

12 08, 2013

Positive psychology influences gene expression in humans, scientists say

Mon, Aug 12, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Positive psychology influences gene expression in humans, scientists say

From Sci-News: According to a team of scientists from the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Los Angeles, different types of happiness have surprisingly different effects on the human genome. People who have high levels of what is known as eudaimonic well-being — the kind of happiness that comes from having a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life (Mother Teresa) — showed very favorable gene-expression profiles in their immune cells. They had low levels of inflammatory gene expression and strong expression of antiviral and antibody genes. · Go to Positive psychology influences gene expression in humans, scientists say →

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