All of us have a downloaded blueprint in our subconscious mind of How It Really Is. I use the term “blueprint” because your belief system is like the architectural blueprint for a house…that someone else designed. Whether it’s finances, love, health, or any other aspect of your life, how you were raised, the lessons you were taught, and your home environment all informed that blueprint.
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Flourishing. That’s where it’s at. Brian Johnson takes a quick look at Martin Seligman’s latest book on the science of well-being, Flourish. Martin Seligman is the godfather of the positive psychology movement and in his new book, he describes the science of well-being.
We are all plugged up. Cell phones, blackberries, I-Pads, I-Pods and other electronic devices have erased the boundaries between work life and private life. At dinner we can switch from talking to our children about their day at school to answering an urgent message from a colleague in another time zone, to twittering about the awesome wine we’re drinking to skypeing with our boss whose away on a business trip. In the morning we immediately check one or all of our gadgets to make sure that even before we’ve had our first cup of green tea we feel a sense of urgency or dread that indicates that our workday has begun. It is now literally impossible to leave work at the office.
For many people, the challenges of the last few years have made kindness a bit of an afterthought – we seem shorter on kindness now than we were back in ’07. Though we can’t turn back the clock or control what will happen next, we can find ways to replenish our kindness reserves.
To do that, here are a few thoughts on how to get your kindness groove back – and spread it to others who may need a dose just as much as you do. Not only will you make your corner of the world a better place, but your kindness will also help give your body and mind a health-enhancing boost – a wonderful side-effect, so let’s get started:
Meditation. If you believe leading research scientists, it’s as close to a magic pill as we can get! Here are 10 Tips on How to Do It and 5 Reasons Why You Should!
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer & director, whose notable career spans more than three decades. As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years. Check out his TED Talk/short movie on Gratitude.
When I wrote The Story Of An Imperfect Woman, I ran it by my hubby to get his blessing since it referred, not only to my quirks and imperfections, but to his. He gave me his blessing, but then he said, “I’m not sure it’s such a good idea to tell everyone all of these things.” I asked him why, and he said, “But what about your reputation?”
I had to laugh.
I mean this guy knows me and loves me, in spite of all these imperfections that are a big part of who I am. He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. And finally, I don’t either.
Have you ever stopped long enough to really reflect on your relationship to time and what effect it has on your life? How does your time management impact your daily stress level?
The fast pace of today’s American lifestyle is a well-known fact, as is the profound effect nonstop hurrying has on your health. Think about the way you go through your daily activities. Do you allot plenty of time to get them all done? Do you do them with ease and enjoy what you are doing? OR do you rush with clenched jaw and fists throughout the day, mono-focused on your to do list, totally stressed, fearing there is not enough time?
The 12 Hows of Happiness by Brian Johnson…another mini chapter from his Philospher’s Notes.