Showing posts from April 24, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 30, 2016

“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble because that reason can be taken from you.”

Much easier said than done, don’t you think, being happy for no reason? Surely, our happiness depends on reasons presenting themselves and triggering feelings of happiness in us? I feel it’s more that children are not encumbered, as we adults may tend to be, with the worries of daily life, but just take the day as it comes without worrying or stressing about what it may bring. Wonderful eh? Oh that we could be like that again! We have learned over time, however, that the people or things that bring happiness into our lives can, through circumstances outwit our control, be taken away from us. It would therefore pay us, if we could, to be happy just for the sake of being happy.


Art & Science Fusion

"Diane and I feel like the students need to break across what E.O. Wilson calls "the borderland." We have an entomologist, a botanist, a horticulturist; artists, musicians and photographers come in and talk to the students. We have a photography class and the professor, Terry Nathan, is an atmospheric scientist. He came to us and said, "I've been a bit of a photographer all my life, but there was never room for it." I said, "There's room here! You're from the borderland. Come on in! He teaches every spring quarter, and its packed. Every one of the instructors has a different approach. Our Art/Science Fusion program is committed to environmental literacy, creativity, collaboration and art making."

You Can Be More Productive Without Sacrificing Happiness

ByKira M. Newman

A Q&A withCharles Duhiggabout his new book,Smarter Faster Better.

When Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Charles Duhigg talks about productivity, he’s not just talking about efficiency and profits and time management. To him, what it means to be productive is bound up with the idea of happiness. Productivity is figuring out “the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time as we try to seize the most meaningful rewards with the least wasted effort,” writes theNew York Timesreporter in his new book,Smarter Faster Better. “It’s about getting things done without sacrificing everything we care about along the way.” Duhigg’s previous book,The Power of Habit, was primarily about action—specifically, how habits drive nearly everything we do in life and in business. Now,Smarter Faster Betterlooks at how the happiest and most productive among usthink: how they motivate themselves, stay focused, make decisions, and absorb information. “Productive people and companies force themsel…

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 29, 2016

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

We all have dreams we want realized in our lives and strive to make these a reality and not just something in our head. Something to aim and hope for can be vital in giving us reasons to keep going through the not so good times. A life without dreams would be a poor life indeed. However, perhaps it would pay us to look deep within ourselves, our very spirit, in order to discover our true goals or reasons to keep going. This deeper insight may be the tool we use to awaken our sense of who we really are and what we actually need in order to awaken us from the sleep of unawareness.


5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier

Happy people are healthier; they get sick less often and live longer. They have more friends, make more money and are more productive at work. Decades of research show that happiness is not just a personal issue, but a matter of public health, global economics, and national well-being. Although it isn't easy, there are some proven methods...

Grateful For American Dream, Immigrant CEO Shares Millions With Workers at Chobani

A desire to give back to the country where his overwhelming success was made possible, the boss of a yogurt empire just made more dreams possible for 2,000 of his employees at Chobani–offering them each a huge economic windfall.

Chobani’s Turkish CEO Handi Ulukaya is giving every full-time worker ownership stakes in the multi-billion dollar company. The program, “Chobani Shares”, is offering 10% of the corporation’s stock as incentive to stay and continue working.

“This isn’t a gift,” Ulukaya wrote in a letter to factory employees in upstate New York. “It’s a mutual promise to work together with a shared purpose and responsibility. To continue to create something special and of lasting value.”

Ulukaya has emphasized that the goal of the program is to pass along the wealth that he and the workers have built together. Unlike most companies, the workers at Chobani, which means “shepherd’ in Turkish, will not have to pay for the units which – if saved and used correctly – could make some of …

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 28, 2016

“Pay attention to whatever inspires you, for it is “spirit” trying to communicate with you, that’s why it’s called “inspiration” as “inspirit.” Listen to it, believe it, and act on it.”

Basically, this means, don’t dismiss those “coincidences”, signs, etc., you may experience but acknowledge them for what they are and act accordingly. It may be Spirit trying to catch your attention and make you aware of someone or something or an action you need to take. I love it when this happens because it’s validation that a “higher power” has you in it’s sights and is attempting to make something known to you by giving you signs or nudges in the right direction. How special does that make you feel? So never ignore whatever your “gut” is telling you but look forward to something exciting coming forward.


The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

"How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies 'originals': thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals - including embracing failure. 'The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most,' Grant says. 'You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.'"

How Positive Media Can Make Us Better People

BySophie H. Janicke

Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.

Deadpoolis the highest-grossing film in the United States so far this year—and one of the most controversial. Though the film has scored points with critics and audiences for its irreverent take on the superhero genre, its extreme gore has raised some familiarquestions and objections about the role of violence in films. But look at the highest-grossing film of 2016 internationally, and you’ll find a different type of movie:Zootopia, a family-friendly animated film that has been praised for itspositive messages about the harm of stereotypes and prejudice. How does consuming these different types of films impact us as individuals and as a society? For a long time, media researchers focused almost entirely on the harmful effects of media, including the effects of media violence onaggression, the media’s r…

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 27, 2016

“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”

Exactly! I couldn’t have said it better myself. Allow happiness to live within and around you as you travel your path in life. Forget trying to find the path to where you think you will find it and instead look within yourself. Each of us is capable of finding and realizing our own personal version of what makes us happy so wouldn’t it benefit us to just concentrate on this rather than spending valuable time searching for something we already possess?


Changing the World One Word at a Time

Listen to Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization, who are determined to change the world, one word at a time. In this performance of "Somewhere in America," they open for singer John Legend at the Hollywood Bowl. The poem calls to attention the kind of information passed along unintentionally in classrooms, and addresses some hard truths and dark topics based on personal experiences. "I think poetry is the best way to express emotions..." McGavin says, "Its an amazing way to help people, especially teens."

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 26, 2016

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

This is very true isn’t it, but it’s something we all do nevertheless! We all have worry “buttons” some of us bigger ones than others. We worry about everything, occasionally over nothing very much but, at other times, we have good reasons for worrying. Once that worry is planted in your head nothing will shift it, so it stays there, making it’s presence known. Great if we can solve it easily and consign it to the worry waste basket. Not so great if seems insurmountable. However, if we need to worry, much better to worry about tomorrow’s worry tomorrow rather than allow it to destroy the peace of today.


Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

"For more than 50 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (in Spanish, FARC) have been fighting a guerrilla war for social justice. In response, the rich and powerful created paramilitary forces to defend the existing social order. On both sides, those doing the fighting are mostly poor villagers and workers." In this interview, we learn of an extraordinary and unlikely friendship between Ciliana, a former member of the Paramilitary forces, and Claudia, a former FARC member -- both serving prison terms in a prison that houses women sentenced for violence on all sides of the conflict. Claudia and Ciliana are cellmates -- and best friends. In the midst of a divisive world they are exploring the meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Does Mind-Wandering Make You Less Caring?

ByHooria Jazaieri

According to a new study, how caring we are is linked to how much we pay attention to the present moment.

Where is your attention right now? Humans are thought to spendmuchof our waking hours not in the present moment. What’s more, we arerarely even awareof the fact that our minds have wandered. Past studies have suggested that mind-wandering hasnegative effects on our moodand even ourphysical health. In a recently published study in theJournal of Positive Psychology, my colleagues and I sought to understand whether mind-wandering also makes us less caring—and what we can do about it. We recruited 51 adults and pinged them twice a day for nine weeks while they were enrolled in a compassion cultivation training course. We were interested in a few things: First, we wanted to find out how much people’s minds were wandering, and to what types of things (pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant topics). Because participants were enrolled in the compassion meditation course, we wanted…

Mercury Retrograde: Above the Hype and Beyond the Spin

by Marguerite Manning

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Call me crazy, but Mercury retrograde doesn't scare me. In fact, I may be one of the few astrologers I know who actually looks forward to those three weeks in every Mercury orbit when we here on this planet end up with a ringside seat to the most famous of cosmic optical illusions. Yes, illusion, because, as most of us already know, that's what Mercury retrograde is. A three-week celestial "psych" in which Mercury, the astrological planet of the mind, cleverly messes with ours by appearing to travel backward in the sky.

How is that possible? Well, when it comes to Mercury, just about anything is. After all, this is the planet our ancient astronomers named after the winged messenger of the Gods. The planet so blindingly fast and incredibly agile that they professionally acknowledged it as the universal influence responsible for connecting us to each other, which is how it officially became the…