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 Lindsay M, School of Public Health
First and foremost, I think it’s only appropriate to thank my ex-boyfriend for not changing his Netflix password. If it weren’t for his generosity forgetfulness, I would not have had the incredible opportunity to watch so many documentaries “for free” over the past few years.
Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of flowercat/flickr.com
The thing that I love about documentaries is that they show it “how it really is”—or at least how it is for a particular person or group of people. Documentaries can be extreme, are often one-sided, and tend to leave you with a powerful urge to go and change something, or at the very least post about it on Facebook. And some documentaries are just down-right fascinating.
1. Crips and Bloods: Made in America This documentary brings to light many of the factors that contributed to the evolution of two of the most notorious gangs in America–the Crips and the Bloods. Through insightful commentaries by scholars and historians, and fascinating interviews with current and former gang members, this documentary reveals a story of gang violence that doesn’t often get told.
2. (A)sexual. It has been estimated that about 1% of people consider themselves asexual, or not sexually attracted to people. (A)sexual chronicles one “asexy” man and his experiences being asexual and finding his place in a seemingly sex-obsessed culture. Continue reading
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.”
Here are some of the things that our contributors shared about what makes them happy!
I feel most happy when I’ve been exercising and eating healthy, and get the chance to spend quality time with my family, friends and pets
Good meals with good people make me happy
Sleeping in on weekends
It makes me happy when someone tells me I’ve made their day!
Sunshine and warmth! Continue reading
By Emma Reaves, PULSE
Try adding some VITAMIN D*– there are shocking amounts of this delectable vitamin in sardines. (So much so that your happy mood will overshadow that fact that you’re eating sardines… 😉
Meditate. Take four minutes out of your day to lie down, clear your head and just b r e a t h e. Continue reading
By Kristen Wines & Kelsey Lindberg, PULSE
In this short Ted Talk, ‘The Hidden Power of Smiling’, Ron Gutman explains why it’s so important to be happy and smile everyday. The simple act of smiling can reduce stress, improve memory, and prolong life. As Annie once said, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile!”
The month of April is almost upon us, and we have a lot more to look forward to this year besides the inevitability of spring…
MHappy Month is taking place for the first time this April, with a focus on all things happy :). Spear headed by a team of dedicated U of M students, MHhappy Month is a time to reflect on what makes you happy, and an opportunity to explore new avenues towards happiness as well. A schedule of the month-long festivities is posted on the MHappy website, with activites like yoga, giant bowling, hip-hop classes, a ‘what makes life worth living’ conference, and even a Ben Folds concert!
This Monday, 4/1/2013 scheduled events include:
Happy Hour: What’s on your MBucket list? [MHappy] Taking place on the central campus diag from 4-6pm come tell us something on YOUR bucket list!
Comedy Show At the League Underground from 6-8pm features touring comedian Dave Landau
Yoga class [MHappy] Held at the CCRB- rm 3060 from 6-7pm it’s FREE!
So make sure to check out some of the awesome events happening this month- It’s a perfect way to stay relaxed in light of final exams!