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What makes us happy?

What makes us happy?

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Using the new Positive Psychology Teaching Well-Being in SchoolsThe following is an excerpt from Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being First, a quiz: Question one: in one or two words, what do you most want for your children? Neurosynaptic chips Because these neurosynaptic chips are small and low-power with corelets enabling sensory perception, a whole new range of applications can be built. Below are some conceptual designs that the team has envisioned: An autonomous robot in the shape of a sphere with multi-modal sensing, including image and sound, could be deployed in a disaster area for search and rescue missions. An internal mechanism would allow it to roll around an environment to survey areas and identify persons in need, the condition of the zone and possible hazards. It could also communicate with people it finds and guide them to safety through speakers and a video display.

Positive Psychology at Claremont Graduate University Positive Psychology emerged at the beginning of the new millennium as a movement within psychology aimed at enhancing human strengths such as creativity, joy, flow, responsibility, and optimal performance and achievement. Most study of human behavior has focused mainly on what goes wrong in human affairs: aggression, mental disease, failure, and so on. While it is essential to study and contain such pathologies, it is equally important to understand those aspects of human experience that make life worth living.

9 Things You Realize After You Die Annie Kagan – OmTimes | Three weeks after he died, my brother Billy woke me at sunrise and began describing what was happening to him in the afterlife. At first I thought that grief was causing me to imagine his voice. But as my brother began sharing cosmic secrets with me, secrets I couldn’t ignore, I became his student. Billy taught me that when you’re born, that big pop gives you a kind of amnesia. One of the main things we’re doing on planet earth is trying to remember the things we forgot. But after you die, you realize a bunch of things you didn’t know when you were alive, like:

THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS (DANIEL GILBERT:) When people think of "science," they naturally think of atoms, planets, robots — things they can touch and see. They know that subjective experiences such as happiness are important, but they believe that such experiences can't be studied scientifically. That belief is dead wrong. What does it take to study something scientifically? Our RISD — Earlier in the month, outgoing President John... Earlier in the month, outgoing President John Maeda presented Post-digital: the past, present and future of design and technology, an insightful (and at times humorous) talk aimed at RISD students. In front of the packed auditorium in the Chace Center, the former MIT professor gave an overview of his early artistic experiments and some personal thoughts on the how creativity, art and design will help improve our ever-changing world. Before the start of the presentation, Student Alliance President Rosa Glenn 14 TX and Graduate Student Alliance President Diana Wagner MID 14 gave Maeda a warm welcome. “As you’ll hear in his lecture [President Maeda] is enthusiastic, relentlessly inquisitive and is a model for how to ask questions that cannot be answered,” noted Glenn. Wagner echoed her heartfelt sentiments: “To the rest of the world, President Maeda is known as an author, a graphic designer, a computer scientist, an artist and an academic.

16 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Boost Your Happiness Almost Instantly (INFOGRAPHIC) Whether you have five minutes to relax or a year to focus on building lasting habits, here are 16 scientifically-backed ways to boost your happiness levels. Go for a run. Physical activity boosts the brain’s release of endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters that can improve mood and well-being. Fighting Our Inner Demons (15 pieces) When you first glance at Jonathan Bartlett's illustrations, they'll probably remind you of Norman Rockwell's classic paintings. They have that same sort of nostalgic feeling to them - the kind that makes you long for simpler times, when an ideal life seemed like it could exist. But look a little closer and you'll notice a darker theme running throughout. His illustrations show man fighting within himself; our lifelong quest to find answers where none seem to exist. Similar to Rockwell, you can also appreciate Bartlett's wonderful, storytelling style.

Smile and the world smiles back. Can looking at faces lower aggression? Before I started my PhD, I worked as a "research assistant". That's a fancy title for an academic dogsbody; well, it can be. I was lucky and had some great bosses in the five years I had that job, but sometimes it can involve menial tasks like data entry, or running experiments you think are a complete waste of time. One such experiment, that I was asked to run by my boss while we waited for ethics approval on another study, was published last week in the journal Psychological Science. Shows what I know!

TED talk on choices and happiness. how having more choices , or extra time to make up our mind about things, doesnt actually lead us to happiness. it actually makes us less content. study showed that people who were given the option to go back and change their mind on things were less content than people who had to make a decision and stick to it. when we are stuck with a situation, our mind works to confirm we made the best decision. by mkeen Feb 17

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