Table of Contents - Magazine What Makes Us Happy? An inside look at an unprecedented seven-decade study of a group of Harvard men suggests that one thing, above all, truly makes a difference. Video: Dr. George Vaillant, director of the 72-year study, explains what makes people strive for fame and why dirty laundry can symbolize a perfect life. Interview: Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, talks about his role in the Harvard study. Secret Fears of the Super-Rich The October 2008 issue of SuperYacht World confirmed it: money cannot buy happiness. Page 38 of “the international magazine for superyachts of distinction”—if you have to ask what it takes for a yacht to qualify as “super,” you can’t afford to be in the showroom—presented the Martha Ann, a 230-foot, $125 million boat boasting a crew of 20, a master bedroom the size of my house, and an interior gaudy enough to make Saddam Hussein blush. The feature story on the Martha Ann was published just as the S&P 500 suffered its worst week since 1933, shedding $1.4 trillion over the course of the week, or about 2,240 Martha Anns every day.
The 75-Year Study That Found The Secrets To A Fulfilling Life What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake. Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled. The study, known as the Harvard Grant Study, has some limitations — it didn’t include women, for starters.
Examples of online communities in the TV industry We return this week to our series of Online Community Examples. There is a lot of talk about the way ‘old’ and ‘new’ media combine – how newspapers are using Twitter and how television broadcasters and production companies are working with online media. So this week we take a look specifically at examples of online communities in the TV industry Online communities in the TV industry The TV industry has a relatively long history of online communities – both fan sites and sites sponsored by the brand itself. People like to discuss both within the fantasy of a programme (fan plot lines, character diaries and so forth) and also discuss the content itself – evaluating what happened, talking about the acting, new characters or a twist in the plot.
Take Out Your No.2 Pencils: Taking the Stress Out of Standardized Tests American students may be the most tested kids in the world, taking more than 100 million standardized tests every year, according to Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. The results of these tests are taken very seriously by educators, parents, administrators, and even local government officials, for they are viewed as a measure of teacher and school competence and, in some cases, can affect a child's future placement in a school. "Scores are analyzed to the nth degree and published in newspapers, with banners given to exemplary schools," says Charlotte Sassman, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Texas, where youngsters in elementary grades take the TAAS, or Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. "Parents buy and sell houses just to be in the neighborhood with the best test scores!"
What Harvard’s Grant Study Reveals about Happiness and Life In 1966, when he was 32, George Vaillant took over Harvard’s famous Grant Study. The task: track hundreds of Harvard men, from youth to death, and determine what predicts wellbeing. Nearly half a century later, Vaillant lays out his final findings, and discovers that his own maturation is inseparable from the lives he examines. In the early 1940s, two Harvard sophomores named Norman Mailer and Leonard Bernstein were rejected for participation in a study. The study, known as the Grant Study, was funded by William T.
Fallacy List 1. FAULTY CAUSE: (post hoc ergo propter hoc) mistakes correlation or association for causation, by assuming that because one thing follows another it was caused by the other. example: A black cat crossed Babbs' path yesterday and, sure enough, she was involved in an automobile accident later that same afternoon. example: The introduction of sex education courses at the high school level has resulted in increased promiscuity among teens.
Happiness Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, are employing the scientific method to research questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. The United Nations declared 20 March the International Day of Happiness to recognise the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals.
Avoid selective hearing with 20 top social media monitoring tool You hear that? … What about that? … Still can’t hear it? The New Map Of The Brain Trying to map the brain has always been cartography for fools. Most of the other parts of the body reveal their workings with little more than a glance. The heart is self-evidently a pump; the lungs are clearly bellows. But the brain, which does more than any organ, reveals least of all. The 3-lb. lump of wrinkled tissue--with no moving parts, no joints or valves--not only serves as the motherboard for all the body's other systems but also is the seat of your mind, your thoughts, your sense that you exist at all. You have a liver; you have your limbs.
Using EEGs to diagnose autism spectrum disorders in infants: Machine-learning system finds differences in brain connectivity A computational physicist and a cognitive neuroscientist at Children's Hospital Boston have come up with the beginnings of a noninvasive test to evaluate an infant's autism risk. It combines the standard electroencephalogram (EEG), which records electrical activity in the brain, with machine-learning algorithms. In a pilot study, their system had 80 percent accuracy in distinguishing between 9-month-old infants known to be at high risk for autism from controls of the same age.
Praising Kids Is Not Enough The research literature is pretty clear that the most important factor that makes kids " resilient " - particularly kids who are "at-risk" - is a close, connected relationship with a stable adult. In my work as a therapist with troubled kids, I have seen this principle in action on many occasions, often less through my own relationships with kids, and more with kids' connections with the passionately engaged teachers and other adults working with them. These people work each day to connect with kids, and provide them guidance for navigating the challenges facing them, and giving them support along the way. I can't say enough about the value of such committed people in bolstering the odds of success for the "difficult" children sent by their school districts to the private therapeutic school where I work. In the field in which I'm trained - psychotherapy - nothing predicts the outcome of services better than the quality of the relationship, the "therapeutic alliance."
10 ways MOOCs have forced Universities into a rethink MOOCs have made us think. As one of the most fascinating developments in higher education in my lifetime, they are,in many ways, a pioneer of a more ‘open’ spirit in learning. I’d contend that MOOCs, for all their promises and faults, have been at their most effective in forcing a rethink in Higher Education. 1. Rethink demand How a little phone call can make a big difference I'm often asked if suicide prevention hotlines have seen an increase in calls over the last several years. The assumption people are working with is that things are worse - bad economy, endless wars, job loss - and the hope they're working with is that people will reach out. So when I had the pleasure of hearing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 's director John Draper speak last week, I was happy to hear that the Lifeline has seen an increase in call volume.