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Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

Money <em>can</em> buy happiness… if you spend it on other people | Not Exactly Rocket Science “This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” – Douglas Adams In this pithy paragraph, the sorely missed Douglas Adams sums up a puzzling paradox of modern life – we often link happiness to money and the spending of it, even though both proverbs and psychological surveys suggest that the two are unrelated. Across and within countries, income has an incredibly weak effect on happiness once people have enough to secure basic needs and standards of living. Once people are lifted out of abject poverty and thrown into the middle class, any extra earnings do little to improve their joie de vivre. I can’t get no… satisfcation Hey big spender There is a silver lining then.

Laurence Vanhée | TEDxAlsace : x = independently organized TED eventTEDxAlsace : x = independently organized TED event Initialement lancée sur une orientation marketing et commerciale, elle tombe dans les Ressources Humaines un peu par hasard. Heureux pour elle, heureux pour les équipes dont elle a la charge. D’abord DRH dans le privé, elle érige la fonction RH au rang d’enjeu stratégique, focalisant son travail sur le décloisonnement et le bien être au travail. Ceci lui vaut en 2012 le titre de « HR manager de l’année ». Depuis 3 ans, c’est au sein de l’administration fédérale de la sécurité sociale Belge qu’elle oeuvre, avec pour titre officiel : « Chief Happiness Officer ». Tout un programme ! Avec son charmant petit filet d’accent liégeois et ses points de vue innovants, Laurence Vanhée nous fait du bien et nous inspire, tout simplement. Lien(s) : bibliographie : Happy RH, Editions La Charte, Mars 2013

To predict what will make you happy, ask a stranger rather than guessing yourself | Not Exactly Rocket Science Want to know how much you’d enjoy an experience? You’re better off asking someone who has been through it, even if they’re a complete stranger, than to find out information for yourself. This advice comes from Daniel Gilbert from Harvard University, who espoused it in his superb book Stumbling on Happiness. In the first study, he found that female students were better able to predict how much they would enjoy a speed-date if they listened to the experiences of strangers than if they make their own assessments based on available information. This interesting result masks a second one of equal importance – people don’t believe that this works. Time and again, psychological studies have found that we overestimate how happy we will be after winning a prize, starting a new relationship or taking revenge against those who have wronged us. Gilbert says that the main reason for this is an inability to accurately imagine future events. Photo by Laughlin, found on Flickr

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler The Hero Archetype in Literature, Religion, and Popular Culture: (along with a useful PowerPoint presentation teachers can download at this URL: ) Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (users embark on their own hero's journey): An American Masters Lesson from PBS for Teachers on George Lucas, the Power of Myth, and the Hero's Journey: And an interactive approach to the Hero's Journey: And of course, information about Joseph Campbell's works on the subject, on the Joseph Campbell Foundation site: The Hero With A Thousand Faces The Hero's Journey (semi-biographical film): Challenge the paradigm.

Sonja Lyubomirsky Sonja Lyubomirsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.[1] She is often quoted in news articles about positive psychology and happiness.[2][3][4] In the book The Only Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need, a criticism of self-help books, Lyubomirsky's The How of Happiness is praised as a self-help book that has claims backed by empirical data.[5] Lyubomirsky is also an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology. The How of Happiness[edit] Breakdown of sources of happiness, according to The How of Happiness The How of Happiness has spawned an iPhone application called Live Happy, produced by Signal Patterns. The How of Happiness has also spawned a song called The How of Happiness Book Tune, which acts as a mnemonic aid to help readers remember the content within the book. [11] References[edit] See also[edit]

Accueil - TEDxCentraleNantes The Glee Club My first assignment was the gratitude visit. It goes like this: Pick a person in your life whom you'd like to thank, someone who has meant a lot to you. Write this person a letter. After you've written it, call the person and ask to visit. Whom to thank? I shared my fears with Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the man who had in effect given me the assignment. Tasks such as the gratitude visit were first introduced in Seligman's popular book Authentic Happiness , in which he outlines positive psychology , a movement he founded in the late 1990s. Positive psychology focuses on cultivating personality strengths and honing an optimistic approach to life rather than on cataloging human frailty and disease, which Seligman says has too long been the focus of psychology. If you want to learn to be a happier person, only a relatively small body of knowledge exists to help you, Seligman says.

TED: les coulisses d'une conférence " Déplier le monde ". C'est le thème de la conférence TEDx organisée ce jeudi 28 novembre au théâtre de La Gaîté Lyrique à Paris. Cette franchise européenne de la célèbre conférence américaine TED (Technology-Entertainment-Design) poursuit l'objectif initial de l'événement créé à Monterey, en Californie, en 1984 : diffuser des idées qui méritent de l'être au nom du progrès. En donnant la parole à des individus susceptibles de transmettre et de faire partager leurs expériences. Devant le succès remporté par les conférences TED outre-Atlantique, les organisateurs ont en effet accepté d'ouvrir le concept à d'autres pays sous forme de licences pour diffuser l'esprit TED autour du monde dans le respect d'un certain nombre de critères. Un exercice somme toute très formaté, auquel a participé par deux fois l'entrepreneur Hadj Khelil, fondateur de Bionoor. Deux jours de répétition "Une légion d'honneur de l'intelligence" Etre reconnu comme entrepreneur

:: Authentic Happiness :: Using the new Positive Psychology Ben’s Top 11 Positive Psychology Internet ResourcesBy Ben Dean, Ph.D. 1. Website for Reflective Happiness The most interesting new website in Positive Psychology is Marty Seligman's "Reflective Happiness" site at 2. Barbara Fredrickson is perhaps most famous for her “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotions. 3. If you can follow only one link, start here. 4. This is an active listserv for anyone interested in positive psychology (not just academics). 5. You may recognize Jonathan Haidt’s name from my newsletters about strengths because I often borrow his creative ideas on building individual strengths. 6. Definitely spend an afternoon at this site if you have not already done so as this is truly a remarkable resource. 7. Here is an excerpt from the Foundation’s mission statement: Established in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a resource for people committed to spreading kindness. 8. 9. 10. 11. Warmly,