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Luck Is a Bigger Contributor to Success Than People Give It Credit For. I’m a lucky man.

Luck Is a Bigger Contributor to Success Than People Give It Credit For

Perhaps the most extreme example of my considerable good fortune occurred one chilly Ithaca morning in November 2007, while I was playing tennis with my longtime friend and collaborator, the Cornell psychologist Tom Gilovich. He later told me that early in the second set, I complained of feeling nauseated. The next thing he knew, I was lying motionless on the court. He yelled for someone to call 911, and then started pounding on my chest—something he’d seen many times in movies but had never been trained to do. He got a cough out of me, but seconds later I was again motionless with no pulse. Ithaca’s ambulances are dispatched from the other side of town, more than five miles away.

Doctors later told me that I’d suffered an episode of sudden cardiac arrest. If that ambulance hadn’t happened to have been nearby, I would be dead. Not all random events lead to favorable outcomes, of course. My having cheated death does not make me an authority on luck. Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Make People Happy. Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Make People Happy Neil deGrasse Tyson had the following to say about how neuroscience works: “Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain.

Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Make People Happy

But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.” Much of the advice that is given, especially online, regarding how to increase happiness in our lives warrants a critical eye. The reason for this, unfortunately, is the proliferation of subjective and unfounded information. This is where Neuroscience steps in and says “Enough already!” Now, neuroscience – the scientific study of the structure and function of the nervous system and brain – has brought forth findings proving that increasing our happiness is within our cognitive control.

Truthfully, this should not come as a surprise. There are not many things more exciting than discovering the immense power and energy within our bodies.


11 Ways to Live a Happier Life, According to a Psychologist (Hint: These have nothing to do with money!) Happiness is something that we all strive for, yet many of us find it challenging to grasp and even harder to maintain.

11 Ways to Live a Happier Life, According to a Psychologist (Hint: These have nothing to do with money!)

Especially during these difficult economic times, happiness can feel like it is hiding just behind next week’s paycheck, a new job, or a distant raise. However, as Dr. Robert Putnam of Harvard University recently pointed out, “money alone can buy you happiness, but not much.”(1) It appears that happiness has less to do with money than we might imagine, and more to do with the people around us, how we live our lives, the way spend our time, and how we perceive ourselves and understand our life experiences. Based on the latest research in psychology and my experience as both a psychologist trying to understand happiness, and as a human being searching for my own happiness, here are 11 ways to live a happier life…that have nothing to do with money!

1) Practice Gratitude Each of us has a choice on how we focus our attention. 2) Find a place of Flow 3) Smile More Dr. As Dr. 1. How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions. Emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and immobility are energies.

How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions, or even how to deflect the free-floating negativities in crowds. Another twist is that chronic anxiety, depression, or stress can turn you into an emotional sponge by wearing down your defenses. Suddenly, you become hyper-attuned to others, especially suffering with similar pain. That’s how empathy works; we zero in on hot-button issues that are unresolved in ourselves. From an energetic standpoint, negative emotions can originate from several sources: what you’re feeling may be your own; it may be someone else’s; or it may be a combination.

Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions 1. We Deserve 5 Minutes of Bliss {Gorgeous Video} “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”~ John Muir, The Yosemite (1912) Yosemite is one of our most precious National Parks.

We Deserve 5 Minutes of Bliss {Gorgeous Video}

If you have never been there, you can go there this very minute in ways that you might not even be able to experience if you were actually there! This breathtaking five minute film took me of out my head and put me into a healing, meditative, heaven-like realm—seriously. There are really no words to describe what was so brilliantly portrayed on video here. This short film was captured (and then created) over a 45 day period by two amazing people: Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill during what would seem to have been a backpacking trip of a lifetime. Wow. Let your spirit be swept away and enjoy! Yosemite HD II from Project Yosemite on Vimeo. For more information on this glorious destination, please visit Wikipedia.

Relephant videos: The Known Universe, in Six Minutes.