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75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life
In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum” — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become. Recently, George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades, published the study’s findings in the 2012 book Triumphs of Experience (Amazon) and the following is the book’s synopsis: As you can imagine, the study’s discoveries are bountiful, but the most significant finding of all is that “Alcoholism is a disorder of great destructive power.” Sources: Business Insider, The Take Away, and The Atlantic Related:  Life

10 Steps to Get Ready for the Global EcoVillage Movement This article was originally published on Valhalla's website, at Project Nuevo Mundo is a new platform that will be connecting People and Impact Centres. Their plan is to promote resource sharing online and on the ground to promote community and sustainability! They currently have a campaign on indiegogo to raise funds for a Bus Tour this winter, where they teach workshops and set-up their on-the-ground network. Are you tired of stress, anxiety, unhealthy food, chlorinated water, traffic jams, air and noise pollution, paying rent, not having time to pursue your real interests and passions? Do you want to live a life more in balance with nature? Living in an ecovillage may just be the antidote to many of the ills of modern urban life. An ecovillage is an intentional community committed to becoming more sustainable. Community of Emerald Village Ecovillage in Vista, CA milking goats. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Living on $5,000 a year, on purpose: Meet America's 'intentional poor' John Brecher / NBC News Take a look at Dan Price's ultra-cheap lifestyle, starting with the home he built from scrap wood that he calls his 'hobbit hole.' By Nona Willis-Aronowitz, NBC News contributor More than two decades ago, then-33-year-old Dan Price had a wife, two small children, a high-interest mortgage, and a stressful job as a photojournalist in Kentucky. He worried daily about money and the workaday grind. “I told myself, ‘buck up and pay the bills,’” said Price. Then he learned about what he calls “the simple life.” Price’s version of the simple life costs $5,000 a year, which he earns from publishing a wilderness zine and doing odd jobs around Joseph, his eastern Oregon town. Price is part of a long tradition of eschewing the American dream of a house with a white-picket fence, from 1920s hobos to 1960s hippies. Some, like Price, have lived this way for decades. That New York neighborhood is still a hotspot for street kids, or “gutter punks.” At least for now. Related:

Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young Forever By: Shifu Yan Lei, Guest People always say health is the most important thing but how many people live by this belief? We need to start today. In order to help us stay on the path to health I have translated an extract from one of the Shaolin Classics. Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young 1) Don’t think too much. 2) Don’t talk too much. 3) When you work, work for 40 minutes then stop for 10 minutes. 4) When you are happy, you need to control your happiness, if you lose control then you damage your lung energy. 5) Don’t worry too much or get angry because this damages your liver and your intestines. 6) When you eat food don’t eat too much, always make sure you are not quite full as this can damage your spleen. 7) When you do things, take your time, don’t hurry too much. 8) If you only do physical exercise all the time and you never do Qigong this makes you lose your balance and you will become impatient. 10) Shaolin Gong Fu gives you everything. About the Author

Seven Traits of Highly Magical People Seven Traits of Highly Magical People (By Carolyn Elliott) 1. You know you’re magic. This is the big one. Magic people always have a mission. So basically, if you know you’re magic, you’re ahead of the game. 2. And they tend to speed up when you spend a lot of time on meditation, art, ritual, intentional movement or prayer. The biggest synchronous thing that can happen to a magic person is to meet another magic person. When lots of synchronicities are going on, I like to say “the jewel net is moving.” Because we’re all jewels in an infinitely connected web of silken joy. And sometimes the net shifts and folds in on itself and we run smack into a whole bunch of other jewels. 3. The more magic you are (and remember, being magic is mainly a matter of… knowing that you’re magic!) You might find that you can’t sleep on full moon nights (all that energy, so ramped up!) 4. Magic people have at least partially developed aetheric bodies. 5. Forget a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou. 6. 7.

New Study: The Healing Power of Cuddling Is there anyone who doesn’t like cuddling? On the physical affection spectrum, it may not be an all-star, but it’s definitely a winner in terms of improving our health and well-being. Besides the obvious physical pleasure of cuddling, there is a brain chemistry reaction that has far reaching effects. The next time you hold someone close, take a deep breath and let it go. Ever have that feeling that nothing can hurt you because you’re so in love? When our brains release oxytocin, we are more likely to have an optimistic outlook about connecting with others, better self-esteem and an easier time trusting those around us. Too much cortisol is bad news—for our moods, our weight and our hearts. We hear all the time that inflammation is unhealthy and increases the aging process. We associate cuddling and physical affection with romantic relationships, but something as simple as a hug will also increase oxytocin levels. The physical sensations of warmth can help increase oxytocin flow.

24 Rules For Being A Human Being In 2014 The lovely Chelsea Fagan outlined some rules for ladies and gentlemen to reach their best selves in 2014, and in light of that, I’d like to chime in, to generally blanket over everyone inclusively, as the art of being a good person begins with, first and foremost, recognizing yourself as a human being before anything else. 1. Learn to be okay with not being okay. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Want more life changing lists?

How Our Ancestors Used to Sleep Twice a Night 8 hour sleeping is a modern invention. Imagine you are a denizen of the 18th century. It’s just past 8:30 P.M., you’ve got your night-cap on. Back in those times, we slept twice a night, getting up for an hour or two for recreation before heading back to bed until dawn. From Slumberwise.com: The existence of our sleeping twice per night was first uncovered by Roger Ekirch, professor of History at Virginia Tech.His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. The science seems to back up our history books. They began to have two sleeps.Over a twelve hour period, the participants would typically sleep for about four or five hours initially, then wake for several hours, then sleep again until morning. Although the article mentions there are no benefits for sleeping twice a night, it’s difficult to imagine there wouldn’t be some major effects on our daily consciousness. But we can’t go back to a pre-electric lifestyle of early-to-bed, early-to-rise. Jeremy D. Related

37 Regrets That You Should Always Avoid Everyone goes through life experiencing enough mistakes and resulting damage that, by the time they are old enough, they have regrets. They say hindsight is 20/20 and when you look back at your life you will know what moments you should have changed. However, we want to help you out. Forget hindsight. We’ve compiled a list of the 37 things you must not do or else you will definitely regret them at the end of your life. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Flickr / rocketboom 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) 23.) 24.) 25.) 26.) 27.) 28.) 29.) 30.) 31.) 32.) 33.) 34.) 35.) 36.) 37.) It’s never too late to change your life, so start by avoiding these things. You won’t regret it.

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us. In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill your life with as many pleasures as you can, the life of engagement, where you find a life in your work, parenting, love and leisure and the meaningful life, which “consists of knowing what your highest strengths are, and using them to belong to and in the service of something larger than you are.” After exploring what accounts for ultimate satisfaction, Seligman says he was surprised. And while it might sound like a big feat to to tackle great concepts like meaning and engagement (pleasure sounded much more doable), happy people have habits you can introduce into your everyday life that may add to the bigger picture of bliss. They surround themselves with other happy people. Music is powerful.

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