Rebecca Hardy tries non-medicinal solutions to misery in the happiness workout Misery: it's everywhere these days. We are all popping happy pills like Smarties, checking ourselves into the Priory and stocking up on happiness books. But for every report telling us it is all down to our ever-longer working hours, additive-laden food and endless commutes, there is a growing body of scientific research suggesting that happiness is, quite literally, a state of mind. "You have to decide to be happy," says Paul Jenner, author of Teach Yourself Happiness. Scientific research is starting to back this idea up. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, who has been researching happiness, there is converging evidence that some people are born happier than others, but that all of us can learn from their habits to raise our own happiness levels. How do we do this? This issue of "working at it" is crucial to Lyubomirsky's approach. So can a negative person really become happier through adopting these strategies?
Έτσι θα είναι η Αθήνα σε μερικά χρόνια! | GRAPHICO | DESIGN & ΑΡΧΙΤΕΚΤΟΝΙΚΗ | Blogs [Aπό τον Θανάση Χαραμή] Tο φιλόδοξο σχέδιο της ανασυγκρότησης του κέντρου της Αθήνας "Rethink Athens", βρίσκεται στην τελική ευθεία. Οι μελέτες έχουν ολοκληρωθεί και παραδοθεί στους αρμόδιους φορείς και πλέον δρομολογείται η δημοπράτηση και κατασκευή του έργου από την ΑΤΤΙΚΟ ΜΕΤΡΟ Α.Ε.. Κύριος στόχος του "Rethink Athens" είναι η ανασύνθεση της κεντρικότητας στη σύγχρονη μεγάλη Αθήνα μέσα από τον επαναπροσδιορισμό της κυκλοφορίας πεζών και οχημάτων στο κέντρο της πόλης, στην προοπτική της λειτουργικής ενίσχυσης και της ποιοτικής αναβάθμισης του δημόσιου χώρου. Ολόκληρη η περιοχή της παρέμβασης Tι θα αλλάξει; Πολλά! Οδός Πανεπιστημίου Πλατεία Ομόνοιας Πλατεία Δικαιοσύνης Ένα άλλο σημαντικό και καινοτόμο κομμάτι της μελέτης, αφορά την στρατηγική για το νερό. Οργάνωση κινήσεων στην Πανεπιστημίου Οργάνωση κινήσεων στην Πατησίων Ακόμη τέσσερις βασικοί άξονες του σχεδίου αφορούν ρυθμίσεις που αναμένεται να ρυθμίσουν κυκλοφοριακά και αισθητικά ζητήματα του κέντρου. Οι πέργκολες στην Ομόνοια Οδός Κοραή
Top five regrets of the dying There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware: 1. "This was the most common regret of all. 2. "This came from every male patient that I nursed. 3. "Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. 4. "Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. 5. "This is a surprisingly common one.
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Positive psychology interventions Psychlopedia -- Key concepts -- Concepts associated with wellbeing -- Positive psychology interventions Jump to the comments Section Overview A variety of interventions have been developed to facilitate positive emotions, wellbeing, growth, creativity, relationships, fulfillment, and other desirable consequences (for related interventions, see appreciative inquiry and loving-kindness meditation). These interventions are, collectively, sometimes called positive psychology interventions (for possible mechanisms that underlie the benefits, see broaden and build theory). To illustrate, in one study, Fordyce (1983) examined the utility of a program that was designed to enhance happiness, called the 14 fundamentals of happiness. Across several studies, some of the participants were exposed to this program. The happiness program did increase happiness. To demopnstrate, Seligman, Rashid, and Parks (2006) also developed a procedure that was designed to enhance happiness and wellbeing. Gratitude
Ξεκινάμε! «Δεν ξέρω πώς να αρχίσω. Όσο κι αν έχω προετοιμαστεί γι’ αυτή τη στιγμή, νιώθω μια αμηχανία. Ας ξεκινήσω λοιπόν από το τέλος. Μπορεί να υπάρξει πολιτική χωρίς κομματικό παρελθόν; Να βγω εγώ, να βγεις εσύ, να βγούμε πολλοί, να γίνουμε ένα ΠΟΤΑΜΙ που θα αλλάξει την Ελλάδα; Ας τα πάρουμε ένα ένα. Η ιδέα, λοιπόν, είναι δική σας. Και μετά είναι οι ουρές στις στάσεις των λεωφορείων. Τα τελευταία χρόνια με φωνάζουν συχνά οι μαθητές στα λύκεια. «Και με το χρέος τι θα κάνεις;» Θα φωνάζουν ήδη, αυτοί που θεωρούν γραφικές τις ιστορίες με τα λεωφορεία και τους μαθητές. Νέοι επαγγελματίες –δουλεύουν δε δουλεύουν– πρέπει κάθε μήνα να πληρώνουν για ασφάλιση «μισό μισθό». Είμαστε η χώρα με τα περισσότερα θανατηφόρα ατυχήματα στο δυτικό κόσμο. Μικρότερη Βουλή και όχι άλλη μια Γερουσία, όπως σκέφτονται κάποιοι τις τελευταίες μέρες. Τα τελευταία τριάντα χρόνια έχω γνωρίσει από κοντά όλους τους πολιτικούς ηγέτες. Τα προβλήματα της χώρας δεν μπορεί να τα λύσει πια κανένα 25%. Σταύρος Θεοδωράκης 26/2
10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing. Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U we’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Venture capitalist Brad Feld takes a week off every three months: The most impactful thing I’ve done is to take a week off the grid every quarter. Read the entire interview here. Former Obama campaign CTO Harper Reed the importance of the daily “retrospective”: [The presidential campaign] had a really good team dynamic that relied quite a bit on the “retrospective” meeting at the end of a project that allowed us to stop and say: “What was it like to launch? Read the entire interview here. How about you?
Don't Give Up on Your Resolutions: 5 Easy Tricks Guaranteed to Build Good Habits How are those New Year's Resolutions going? Not so well? If you're afraid to answer, that's OK. It turns out it's really tough to develop good habits. But there are ways you can trick yourself into forming new routines, and many of them start by making small changes around your home. 1. 2. 21 Days of Sticky Notes They say it takes 21 days to build a habit. 3. 4. 5. (Image credits: Nicole Crowder; Life Without Bread and Butter; Lift)
Interventions - Positive Psychology at Tufts Coping via thought disputation is a specific technique derived from cognitive therapy for depression. The method urges us to challenge our own pessimistic thoughts. The technique can be done in a variety of ways. It can be done informally in a discussion with someone else, written down, or simply done in your head. The prompts below offer a framework for approaching your problem. 1) Write down nature of the Adversity or problem that you are facing. 2) Identify any negative Beliefs triggered by this problem. 3) Record the Consequences of the problem, how you are feeling or acting as a result. 4) Dispute the negative belief, challenging it, thinking of other possible reasons for the problem. 5) Consider the more optimistic explanations of your problem to Energize you and lift your spirits, so that you become less anxious and more hopeful. To be sure, the hardest part is disputation and to challenge your own negative thoughts. Here are some additional prompts:
Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking Suggestions from educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School on how to help develop and assess critical-thinking skills in your students. Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students' critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. 1. Questions, questions, questions. Questioning is at the heart of critical thinking, so you want to create an environment where intellectual curiosity is fostered and questions are encouraged. In the beginning stages, you may be doing most of the asking to show your students the types of questions that will lead to higher-level thinking and understanding. 2. Pose a provocative question to build an argument around and help your students break it down. 3. 4. 5. Lively discussions usually involve some degree of differing perspectives. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive I got an email at 5 in the morning that made me angry. It pressed every button. It accused. It threatened. It cc-ed people. It attempted to make me feel guilt. I started to type a response and then I stopped. But I’m trying to get better. Sometimes the best thing to do is: nothing. Many productivity books tell you what you can do MORE of in order to achieve goals, purpose, success money, etc. You need to eliminate first. Here’s a checklist I use for when to do nothing: Do nothing when you’re angry. Time is the morphine drip that soothes the anger. Do nothing when you’re paranoid. Do nothing when you’re anxious. Do nothing when you’re tired. There is nothing that is ever so important it can’t wait. Do nothing when you want to be liked. That’s my checklist. Think about when you’ve been happiest with your life (and if that’s not a reasonable goal then what is?). It’s when we are in touch with the magic of our silence that we find our inner creators and can change the universe.
The Paradox of Routine and Productivity — The Productivity Puzzle Parkinsons Law: How to complete tasks in optimal time Simply put the idea is work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This means that if you give yourself two weeks to complete a four hour task then the task will psychologically become more complex and become more daunting so as to fill those two weeks. The time may not be filled with extra work per se, rather the stress and tension about having to get it done will increase. In order to avoid this trap you need to assign an optimal amount of time to complete a task in order to avoid this increase in complexity. This isn’t some kind of blackhat magic you use to get things done in no time at all. This is why some people work better with deadlines. Keep this in mind when planning your tasks. The Never Ending to-do list When you don’t prioritize your tasks everything seems crucial and important. The most productive people seem to always have 1 to 3 key prioritized tasks to complete before the day even starts. P.S.
Feature Story: Writing to Heal: Research shows writing about emotional experiences can have tangible health benefits For nearly 20 years, Dr. James W. Pennebaker has been giving people an assignment: write down your deepest feelings about an emotional upheaval in your life for 15 or 20 minutes a day for four consecutive days. Many of those who followed his simple instructions have found their immune systems strengthened. Others have seen their grades improved. Sometimes entire lives have changed. Pennebaker, a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and author of several books, including “Opening Up” and “Writing to Heal,” is a pioneer in the study of using expressive writing as a route to healing. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,” Pennebaker says. In his early research Pennebaker was interested in how people who have powerful secrets are more prone to a variety of health problems. “Emotional upheavals touch every part of our lives,” Pennebaker explains. The Charlotte, N.C.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Success and the Meaning of Life by Maria Popova “If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster.” Shortly after the release of his fantastic book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything (public library), Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sat down with celebrated British-Canadian broadcaster Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s The National to discuss his experience aboard the International Space Station. From his sage advice to Olympic athletes, the essence of which extends more broadly to our culture’s flawed relationship with striving and success, to his simple, profound contemplation of the meaning of life, Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language. Thanks, Craig Donating = Loving