Learningz, September 19

September 19, 2013:

How about 21 habits of supremely happy people?


A lot of great points here — ranging from the obvious to the specific (like valuing a good mixtape)


Which of these do you follow? Or try to?

Learningz, September 16

September 16, 2013:

Some Monday morning inspiration!

Science has founded that happiness levels aren’t the entire equation when it comes to living a good and happy life.

They have found that having meaning in your life – something more to live for, is really the key.

The author uses the example of Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, author and influential thinker about the meaning of life.

Good read: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/

The Secret to Happiness? Easy. Compassion!

Scientists have been studying Happiness for years now and are starting to make breakthroughs and amazing ones at that. Amazing, if only, because they’re finding that our happiness comes from being better people.

No example works better in this instance than by showing compassion. Compassion, it seems, is the secret key to happiness.

A few quotables and the link below:

the parts of our brains that are active when we experience pleasure (like dessert, money, sex) are equally active when we observe someone giving money to charity as when we receive money ourselves!

A study examining the trait most highly valued in potential romantic partners suggests a different story: both men and women rate kindness as one of their most desired traits.

Why are the lives of people like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and Desmond Tutu so inspiring? Research byJonathan Haidt at the University of Virginia suggests that seeing someone helping another person creates a state of “elevation.” Have you ever been moved to tears by seeing someone’s loving and compassionate behavior? Haidt’s data suggests that it may be this elevation that then inspires us to help others — and it may just be the force behind a chain reaction of giving.


(E. Seppala, Project Happiness.org)