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Using the new Positive Psychology. Why inspirational quotes can do more harm than good. The following article is written by happiness expert and psychologist Dr Melissa Weinberg from Deakin University’s School of Psychology.

Why inspirational quotes can do more harm than good

It seems everyone is hating on celebrity chef Pete Evans lately for dishing out misinformed, and potentially harmful dietary advice. Vulnerable people can be easily fooled by his charm and confidence, and by the apparent simplicity of the messages he promotes. Well, it’s not fair that he cops all the flack. Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows. Most people are just not comfortable in their own heads, according to a new psychological investigation led by the University of Virginia.

Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows

The investigation found that most would rather be doing something - possibly even hurting themselves - than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts, said the researchers, whose findings will be published July 4 in the journal Science. In a series of 11 studies, U.Va. psychologist Timothy Wilson and colleagues at U.Va. and Harvard University found that study participants from a range of ages generally did not enjoy spending even brief periods of time alone in a room with nothing to do but think, ponder or daydream. The participants, by and large, enjoyed much more doing external activities such as listening to music or using a smartphone. Imagine if we taught stillness in classrooms. In our warp-speed world, stillness is a rare experience.

Imagine if we taught stillness in classrooms

Parents are working longer hours and children’s lives are fully timetabled. Being “busy” has become the new social currency. It carries status. People marvel at those who are busy. Happiness: 2nd Global Conference. Connect Photodream Art Happiness 2nd Global Meeting: The Happiness Project Call for Presentations Monday 14th March –Wednesday 16th March 2016Budapest, Hungary.

Happiness: 2nd Global Conference