“The average is indicative of a trend, not of a necessity or of a universal truth. Often, it is those outside the norm, the exceptional ones, who point to the truth of what is possible.” (Ben-Shahar, 2007, p. 138)
Ben-Shahar, T. (2007). Happier: Learn the secrets of daily joy and lasting fulfillment. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Progress has been made in understanding the physiological effects of calorie-restriction diets, known to increase longevity. Scientists have discovered proteins in fat cells which change according to weight loss in subjects. This could be useful for monitoring the effects of calorie-restriction diets and possibly also increase the effectiveness.
In a series of round table discussions, a panel of brain science experts are exploring the most profound questions and challenges pertaining to understanding the brain, mind, consciousness/awareness. Each month, since October 2009, Charlie Rose will continue the discussion with a new round of experts. Read the full story
In 2006 U.N. concluded that about 18% of climate change is due to livestock. Three years later (2009), scientists conclude that livestock accounts for a staggering 51% of climate change.
Counting your kind acts throughout the day will make you happier. This is what a team of Japanese and a U.S. researcher found in two studies they conducted.
Overall people who counted their kind acts each day for a week became happier for at least a month later. And the increase in happiness was greater for people who were already happy to begin with. This finding was the result of two studies in 2006 by researchers Keiko Otake, Satoshi Shimai, Junko Tanaka-Matsumi, Kanako Otsui, and Barbara Fredrickson.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi
There is a movie called Zeitgeist, the Movie floating around the internet (freely distributed) and I wanted to biefly comment on some parts of it after multiple people had recommended it to me. Overall I found that the movie is working with a very ignorant portrayal of religion. They want to be taken serious and the claims being made are at best suggestions of some underlying fabric while they do not substantiate their findings with a credible bases. It seems a little like numerology where someone is eventually bound to find someway of connecting the dots together.
In addition religion cannot and should not be presented to be synonymous to Abrahamic lineages nor with a primarily focus towards Christianity. This perspective is a one sided western bias. Further more, making fun of Christianity and it’s components surely does not add to the credibility of their theory. If they were taking a comedic approach then good, it was funny at times. But that humor gets in the way of a serious analysis and represents an agenda rather than an dialectical exploration. Read the full story
A creative and inspirational social experiment idea to make walking the stairs fun again! A group of Swedes set out to re-kindle peoples fun and playfulness as a way to get people walking the stairs instead of taking the escalator. So “obvious” choice was to transform the staircase into a piano. Each step a represents a separate note and when you step onto one you’ll hear the sound. Brilliant! I find little things like these to be hope inspiring.
from The Fun Factory.com “This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”