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Take a breather amidst the stress of finals- a ‘study break’ if you will- and check out some both motivational, inspiring and thought provoking talks about life and the pursuit of happiness.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
By Hilary Keno, SPH
Think back to the last random act of kindness you performed. Was it today? Last week? Last month? Can’t Remember? Regardless of when it was, here are a few ways you can ‘pay it forward’ and make someone else’s day! Continue reading
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
By Hilary K.- SPH
In light of the numerous tragedies that have begun to seem so commonplace in the world today, let us take a moment to reflect- not on the hate and violence, but on the good. Here just 5 acts of kindness, both large and small, that have begun to restore some of my faith in our world. Continue reading
“John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.”
By Lauren Baker, PULSE
“When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.”