Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What Matters in Life

The context is a dull, make-news story about a poll, but I found this list of things that make up "well-being" to be interesting:
Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals

Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life

Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community

Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

and the ratings were classified as:
"thriving" (well-being that is strong and consistent)

"struggling" (well-being that is moderate or inconsistent)

"suffering" (well-being that is low and inconsistent)

Personally, I'm thrive by five, so life is pretty good around here.

Hope you're doing similarly.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happiness Is...

via CBS New York
After decades of research and a dozen clinical trials, researchers at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, say they've actually cracked the code to being happy, and published it in a handbook.

Dr. Amit Sood led the research and says the first and foremost way to be happy is to focus our attention.

"You can choose to live focusing on what is not right in your life," Dr. Sood said.

Experts say the human mind is instinctively restless, wandering from good thoughts to sad thoughts, scary thoughts and everything in between.

But if we learn to command our thoughts, shifting perspective away from the negative, and embrace the positive, we will be happier, experts say.

"Resiliency has everything to do with happiness," Dr. Sood said.

The Mayo Clinic's research also shows the degree of happiness people enjoy has to do with how resilient they are to life's many curve balls. Happy people are very good at compartmentalizing and creating boundaries.

"So for example, if you've had a difficult day, when you get back home, for the first three minutes, forget about it, park it, and meet your family as if they're long lost friends," Dr. Sood added.

And perhaps one of the biggest hindrances to being happy is too much thinking about one's self, research shows.

"Complainers are never going to be happy," Ketchian said. "Happiness is a decision."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Not Sure How I Feel About This

Bohemian Rhapsody on a Marenghi Organ.

It's a spectacular arrangement, and very well executed, it's just that hearing it on this instrument fires off some weird cognitive dissonance in my head.

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