If you reach your goal – enjoy it; if you don’t, learn from it. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi* is a Hungarian-born psychology professor who is considered the “Godfather” of the flow concept. His early studies focused on happiness and creativity. It was through these studies that Csikszentmihalyi started to look into what he would term Flow, the state of being where one’s performance was heightened and one really … Continue reading The Flow. The happiness. The flow of happiness. Prof Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
You see her and you instantly know that if you were a man you’d wished she would be the woman who’d give birth to your children. But you are not a man. You are a woman. A heterosexual woman who now only feels shorter, wider, with the worst of skins and a waste-of-time job. A freak basically. She moves with grace and has a laughter … Continue reading Superhero superego
Current research has shown that introverts who act extravertedly experience happiness, which often catches them by surprise. Dr. Brian R Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology and currently teaches at Cambridge university. He is also a passionate introvert who scores low on the neurotic scale. But before introducing Dr. Little any further, it is important to … Continue reading Long history of subjugation can motivate a sad soulfulness. Dr Brian R Little on national happiness and personal traits.
Yes, the rich are getting richer. But so are the poor, and it matters much more to the poor. “I’m a literary, quantitative, postmodern, free-market, progressive-Episcopalian, Midwestern woman from Boston who was once a man. Not ‘conservative’! I’m a Christian libertarian” is a sentence that is found in the biography of prof Deirdre Nansen McCloskey on her website as a response to her being widely known … Continue reading Bulgarians are measured as “unhappy” because it is OK, even honourable, to complain
(…) one of the interesting things about the data that we have on laughter and emotional regulation is that actually it is not something you do in the mirror; it’s something you do with other people. Prof Sophie Scott is a British neuroscientist and Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London, researching the neuroscience of voices, speech, and laughter. She is also Deputy Director of … Continue reading Laughter bonds, heals and regulates emotions, right? Prof Sophie Scott
With the attention span of a tiny monkey, I am staring blankly at the computer screen, after singing two-thirds of a song. Some people in the world know that I like to sing loudly with my headphones on. Luckily, when sober, I sing correctly. Badly enough, though, I possess the ability to sing one and the same song for 73 (and two-thirds) times in a row. … Continue reading Monkey brain
Wounded people are exactly that – they are wounded and if we treat them as though they are stupid then we are the ones being stupid. Dr Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain researcher, who in 1996, at the age of 37, had the chance to explore what a brain stroke is from a personal experience after having a severe haemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her … Continue reading Brain struck. Dr Jill Bolte Taylor.
Prof. Andrew Solomon, writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. In my early days, I met Jews who had fled Vienna in the 1930s despite friends who said that nothing so awful could happen to their peaceable way of life. I met Russians who had escaped … Continue reading Trumpanation overview.
If a person is not healthy enough to make sense of the past and accept reality, regain control of their future and finally enjoy life, this person is very likely to drift to the social periphery, develop feelings of worthlessness, resentment and despair, perceive the environment as hostile and eventually respond in the same manner. The mental health situation in the asylum seekers’ … Continue reading How poor mental health drags refugees to the social periphery. Doctors without borders.
…if you start adopting emotional hygiene, and you start to pay attention to emotional wounds, you’ll start to realise that you can thrive and get productive and be happy, and you can get much more out of life throughout all the years you live. Dr Guy Winch, PhD, is the charming TED speaker, who reminded over 2.5 millions of viewers how important it is … Continue reading You can adopt habits at any stage in life. Period.