Archive for the Well-being Category
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Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier
Performing small acts of kindness and gratitude can make people happier, researchers believe, but how this occurs is more of a puzzle. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, has studied happiness for more than 20 years. She and others know that positive activities boost positive emotions, thoughts and behavior, in turn improving well-being. Now, how people can deliberately change their thinking and practices to bliss out to the max is her focus. “I have evidence that the dosage of an activity is important,” she said. Reviewing past studies on happiness, including some of her own research, Lyubomirsky concluded there is no single prescription for happiness-boosting acts of kindness. Variety, frequency and motivation all play a role, she said. How often you perform the behaviors influences happiness, Lyubomirsky found, but not always in the way you may think. Studying the effect of counting your blessings... Continue Reading
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People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House
“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he’s moving back in with his parents so he can do it. Tolbert’s mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son’s plans, she asked him, “Have you lost it?” But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need.... Continue Reading
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Pay-It-Forward Chain In Winnipeg Lasts For 3 Hours
Winnipeg’s residents are at it again. According to Yahoo News, customers at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in Winnipegstarted a chain of goodwill that ended up extending to 228 lucky residents on Friday. “One generous customer at the restaurant on Beaverhill Blvd. started a chain of customers paying for the person behind them that lasted about three hours,” an employee told CBC News. Troy Thompson, who manages the restaurant, told the news source that the energy among the staff and customers was infectious. “They were calling out the numbers, ‘We’re at 162,’ and they made a really big deal of it,” he said.... Continue Reading
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Intermission: What If Money Didn’t Matter?
Very inspiring video narrated by British philosopher Alan Watts. In our money-driven society, this is a refreshing reminder that financial success doesn’t always equal happiness and that you should pursue what truly matters to you every day.... Permalink
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Random Acts of Kindness Day: February 17
Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world on February 17 in order to encourage acts of kindness. This unofficial holiday is not much popular in CIS countries yet, but some NGOs organize occasional events to encourage people to do something kind for a friend or a stranger – for no reason. Research shows that there are strong links between random acts of kindness and improvements in the health of people, so do not forget to do something kind today. Related articles Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day (living4bliss.wordpress.com) It’s random... Continue Reading
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Tweenbots: What Technology Can Reveal About Empathy And Cooperation
Tweenbots are human-dependent cardboard robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, they rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal. The Tweenbot’s success is dependent people’s willingness to step outside of habitual actions and engage with a technological object in the city space. As emotive characters placed in the improbable setting of the city, Tweenbots create an unexpected interaction, disrupting the narratives of our everyday... Continue Reading
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Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 – Warm the world in 31 days
This post is to help support a group of family and friends from Minnesota who want to make a difference. Their goal is to inspire people around the world to perform 1,000,000 acts of kindness during Jan, 2012 thus creating enough momentum to cause a shift in the world – a shift to a warmer and friendlier place. The Kindness Challenge is looking for warmhearted people who also want to make that difference. “It’s free, it’s simple and it’s good for you to do something nice for someone. It feels great, and it will make someone else feel great, too.... Continue Reading
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140 Ways to Change the World
Doing something nice for someone can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small.  Start now. Smile when you make eye contact with someone. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Send a hand-written thank you card to someone who assisted you with something. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Give a compliment about a waiter, waitress, sales clerk, etc. to his or her manager.  Or write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill. Compliment a stranger’s... Continue Reading
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Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love
  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! HELP SUPPORT THE FILM This is a community funded film. Help us rush this film to the theatres and onto the streets. We know we have something amazing on our hands, that can be of great service in this time of enormous transformation, this time of enormous crisis. Thank you for your support. Love is the movement! “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness... Continue Reading
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