Monday, January 28, 2008

Amazing Secrets to Lifelong Happiness!

Nawwww, I don’t know any secrets, I just wanted a punchy title for this post. I’m not one for motivational self-help books, I’m more for reading about self-improvement that’s backed up with lots of controlled experiments, preferably involving drugs and electrodes. I realize that doesn’t make for inspired reading but it suits the 5 year old in me who can’t stop asking ‘why’. The scientific study of happiness is a fairly new area of psychology. This is a great article from the Sunday Times regarding happiness. This video of social psychologist Daniel Gilbert is fascinating and will leave you thinking for a while. After the first 15 seconds it's interesting and entertaining and well worth it.

The Gilbert video is taken from my all time favorite website. http://www.ted.com/ This site makes me get all gushy with idealism thinking THIS is the beautiful, good purpose of the net, to listen to so many great minds and ideas for FREE, whenever you want! Whew, I need a moment to come down from all these feelings of noble righteousness…there we go, onto silly stuff now. My sister-in-law led me to this artists work. I don't know if you'd necessarily label it 'art', maybe a crafty niche product, but it's cheeky, absurd and makes me laugh. Click on the image to get to the link.

3 comments:

patricia said...

Ha ha! I've seen those bonsai car crashes before. Crazy!

And yeah...I like watching those videos on TED, too. I always feel so inspired and happy after watching them...to bad that feeling don't last! Have you seen the one with illustrator Maira Kalman? It's probably my favourite. And I love, love, love her artwork.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/182

girl work studios said...

Patricia - I did see Maira Kalman speak. I like her as well. 'What Pete Ate' is the only book of her children's book I've come across in our library, I wish I could find more (my town is just too small). I thought Isabel Allende was great as well. I gave in to my TED addiction yesterday and watched a whole bunch of talks. You're right, being inspired is short lived, i guess we need to continually recharge ourselves somehow. I did feel all that great "I'm going to get more involved in the BIG issues and DO something!" but today,well,my kids had a snow day and I just sat around, then made muffins. They were organic muffins, I guess that counts for something...

patricia said...

Oh yes, I saw the one with Isabel Allende a week or so ago. That one got me really choked up.

I find it's very hard to maintain that state of inspiration, especially in the months of January and February, and especially if one works alone at home (and I don't even have kids to talk to! Just crazy cats). At least once a month I have to go out to some sort of creative social event, just to give my head a shake.

Organic muffins? That's better than me. Today I'm struggling through preparing my taxes...