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13 year old Logan LaPlante: Hackschooling Makes Me Happy Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. Logan said that when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At the TEDx talk below, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Related Posts

Is Our Definition of "Happiness" Extrovert-centric? The body of research connecting extroversion and happiness kinda bums me out. One study out of Wake Forest University even tells us that people are happier, including introverts , when we like extroverts. For this research, subjects completed a standard measure of the Big Five personality traits. Then researchers conducted several studies in which subjects, at various intervals--every three hours in one study, once a week in another--recorded on a seven-point scale how extroverted they were behaving and how happy they felt. What the researchers found is that even people who measure low in extroversion are happier when they are behaving extroverted. I called lead researcher, psychologist William Fleeson , to talk about this. "There are different definitions of extroversion out there," Fleeson said. None of Jung's energy-in, energy-out stuff for this research. The research also used a specific set of words to describe happiness--or, more specifically, positive affect: At peace, at ease.

Test your observation skills Continuous Chest Compression CPR—University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center One Community Sustainable Food Production Infrastructure One Community’s food infrastructure is just one component of our For The Highest Good of All approach to open source project-launch blueprinting strategy for self-replicating and self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. Just as we will be showcasing a diversity of sustainable housing modes and alternative energy infrastructure, so too will we showcase a diversity of food production methodologies ranging from earth-regenerative permaculture farming to greenhouses to aquaponics farms. Even with traditional methods one person working full-time on food production can produce enough food to feed 30; with aquaponics that same person can produce enough food to feed 300. Because our goal is to be as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible, it is looking more and more like goat milk, eggs, and shrimp and fish produced as part of our aquaponics farms will likely be our only non-vegetarian sources of animal protein.

How the Mind Counteracts Offensive Ideas People react to ideas they find offensive by reasserting familiar structures of meaning. The human mind is always searching for meaning in the world. It’s one of the reasons we love stories so much: they give meaning to what might otherwise be random events. From stories emerge characters, context, hopes and dreams, morals even. And when stories embody values in which we don’t believe, we tend to reject them. In their research Proulx et al. (2010) used two stories that illustrate divergent views of the world to explore how people react to offensive ideas. The Tortoise and the Hare The first story was Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare. Another interpretation is that the hare loses the race because he is overconfident. An Imperial Message Quite a different moral comes from the second piece the researchers used: a (very) short story by Franz Kafka called ‘An Imperial Message’. Contrary to Aesop’s fable, Kafka is reminding us that effort, diligence and enthusiasm are often not rewarded.

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