background preloader

TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude

TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude
Related:  Gratitude

10 Very Rare Cloud Pictures Showcasing cool pictures of rare clouds caught on camera. Clouds fill the skies above us and are part of our every day lives but often go unnoticed. However, there are some clouds that are so rare that you will be very lucky to see them in your lifetime. This is a list of the top 10 most rarest cloud formations (in no particular order) that for those lucky enough to see them, were caught on camera. For those of you more interested in clouds, we recommend Cloud Book: How to Understand the Skies 1. These rare clouds, sometimes called mother-of-pearl clouds, are 15 - 25km (9 -16 miles) high in the stratosphere and well above tropospheric clouds. They have iridescent colors but are higher and much rarer than ordinary iridescent clouds. Nacreous clouds shine brightly in high altitude sunlight up to two hours after ground level sunset or before dawn. Their unbelievably bright iridescent colors and slow movement relative to any lower clouds make them an unmistakable and unforgettable sight. 2. 3.

Dr. Martin Seligman - The Three Blessings Exercise I posted this video about a year ago, and many of my current Followers have never seen it. Because it's such a valuable exercise in optimism, I'm posting it again here now. Marty, a former president of the American Psychological Association, author of the classic books Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness, and founder of the Positive Psychology movement, is one of the most esteemed psychologists in the world. The exercise is simple. Though an older video, it's a treat to hear this from Marty himself. Here's to your everyday blessings! Post by Dennis E.

The 15 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World Canna Cannas not only feature pretty blossoms, but also beautiful leaves (often likened to that of the banana plant) that come in a variety of stunning colors. Popularized in Victorian times, Cannas are popular garden plants. Cherry Blossom The unofficial flower of Japan, the spectacular display of blossoms that arrive in the spring are celebrated by festivals both in Japan and the U.S. Colorado Columbine Growing high in the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Columbine is a welcome reward for the enterprising climbers of Colorado’s 14,000-foot high mountains. Hydrangea Magical snowball puffs in fall: gorgeous. Lily of the Valley A delicate and fragrant sign of spring, the Lily of the Valley has inspired a number of legends. Calla Lily While visually stunning and elegant, this beautiful flower is actually a member the poisonous species, Zantedeschia. Black Eyed Susan The black eyed susan, a cheerful wildflower, is a perennial that serves as a beautiful back drop in any garden. Bleeding Heart Lantana

6 Habits of Highly Grateful People by Jeremy Adam Smith Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box. posted Dec 23, 2013 This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. I’m terrible at gratitude. How bad am I? I usually take for granted that I have legs to walk on, eyes to see with, arms I can use to hug my son. Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. Gratitude doesn’t make problems and threats disappear. That’s when I need to turn on the gratitude. If you’re already one of those highly grateful people, stop reading this essay—you don’t need it. 1. Didn’t see that one coming, did you? For example, when Araceli Friasa and colleagues asked people to visualize their own deaths, their gratitude measurably increased. This isn’t just theoretical: When you find yourself taking a good thing for granted, try giving it up for a little while. Guess who ended up happiest, according to self-reports?

How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times A decade’s worth of research on gratitude has shown me that when life is going well, gratitude allows us to celebrate and magnify the goodness. But what about when life goes badly? In the midst of the economic maelstrom that has gripped our country, I have often been asked if people can—or even should—feel grateful under such dire circumstances. My response is that not only will a grateful attitude help—it is essential. In fact, it is precisely under crisis conditions when we have the most to gain by a grateful perspective on life. In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. Don’t get me wrong. But it is vital to make a distinction between feeling grateful and being grateful. But being grateful is a choice, a prevailing attitude that endures and is relatively immune to the gains and losses that flow in and out of our lives. Remember the bad Trials and suffering can actually refine and deepen gratefulness if we allow them to show us not to take things for granted.

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology by Maria Popova You’ll need pen, paper, and a silencer for cynicism. “When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,” Henry James wrote in his diary, “I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.” More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages the findings of modern psychology in the quest to reverse-engineer the art-science of happiness. No one has addressed the eternal question of what begets happiness with more rigor and empirical dedication than Dr. Close your eyes. This somewhat self-consciousness-inducing exercise, Seligman promises, will make you happier and less depressed a mere month from now. We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. He then offers his empirically tested antidote: Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

The Cure for Impatience: Gratitude You’ve probably heard of the classic cookie experiment on children and willpower. In it, a researcher mildly tortures some unsuspecting kid by placing a tasty sweet in front of him or her. Eat it now and you enjoy a single goodie, the researcher explains. Resist temptation a short time and you double your haul to two treats! It’s no surprise that many kids cave. What’s more shocking is that the ability to hold out is actually correlated with the child’s success later in life, while snatching the sweet straight off is associated with lower SAT scores, greater obesity, and even slightly higher rates of substance abuse in adulthood. It turns out that willpower--the ability to delay gratification--is one of the most fundamental skills for success in school, adulthood, and, of course, business. But are you stuck with whatever level you had as a kid? The Cookie Test for Adults An Instant Injection of Willpower So next time you’re feeling impatient, give it a try.

How to Be Thankful by Changing One Word My college strength and conditioning coach, Mark Watts, taught me an important lesson that applies to life outside of the gym… As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the things that we have to do. You have to wake up early for work. You have to make another sales call for your business. Now, imagine changing just one word in the sentences above. You don’t “have” to. You get to wake up early for work. I think it’s important to remind yourself that the things you do each day are not burdens, they are opportunities. Embrace your constraints. You don’t have to.

The Mind-Bending Science of Awe The natural world can provoke awe on a large scale. (Photo: Lane Pearman/flickr) Awe is not an everyday emotion. You don't wake up awestruck. Perhaps that's why, up until about ten years ago, psychology "had surprisingly little to say about awe," wrote Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt in a 2003 paper. What they suggested was that awe typically includes feelings of vastness—something larger than a person's self or experience—and accommodation—that a person expand their understanding of the world to include this new information. Awe might come from seeing a mountain taller than you thought a mountain could be or listening to a symphony that soars and sinks and feels like it's expanding the universe a bit. The psychologists laid out a research agenda intended to tease out "the similarities and differences between awe and gratitude, admiration, elevation, surprise, fear and perhaps even love." ...and on the very small (Photo: NIAID/flickr) Think about awe, about a time you felt it.

Just One Thing: Hold Wants Lightly Getting caught up in wanting—wanting both to get what’s pleasant and to avoid what’s unpleasant—is a major source of suffering and harm for oneself and others. First, a lot of what we want to get comes with a big price tag—such as that second cupcake, constant stimulation via TV and websites, lashing out in anger, intoxication, overworking, or manipulating others to get approval or love. On a larger scale, the consumer-based lifestyle widespread in Western nations leads them to eat up—often literally—a huge portion of the world’s resources. Similarly, much of what we want to avoid—like the discomfort of speaking out, some kinds of psychological or spiritual growth, standing up for others, exercising, being emotionally vulnerable, or really going after our dreams—would actually be really good for ourselves and others. Second, some wants are certainly wholesome, such as wishing that you and others are safe, healthy, happy, and living with ease. Live with this list.

Which Character Strengths Are Most Predictive of Well-Being? In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman came out with Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. This volume was a significant contribution to psychology, a sort of antidote to the DSM's focus on mental illness, and an important reminder to psychologists that humans aren't only full of illness. Humans also have a lot of character. The book laid out the following 24 character strengths: In his book Flourish, Martin Seligman, the founder of the field of positive psychology (and my boss), argued that the five fundamental elements of well-being are: The main tenet of the field of positive psychology is that the path to well-being lies in nurturing your highest strengths. As it so happens, in a fun collaboration with Spencer Greenberg, Susan Cain and the Quiet Revolution, we collected such data on 517 people ranging from 18-71 years of age (average age = 36) as part of a larger project to create a new scale of introversion. So I did the analysis.

Related: