How did this video impact you? What makes a day good for you?
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
What helps you to be more productive? What makes your day fly by?
We recently found this article called “12 Breathtaking Photos Show What It’s Really Like To Have General Anxiety Disorder” and we think it’s amazing that someone so beautifully created art around how an anxiety disorder feels. From the article: “Trying to explain a mental illness to someone who’s never experienced it is like trying to explain color to a blind person,” said photographer Katie Crawford. Crawford has battled an anxiety disorder since age 11, so she picked up her camera and developed a breathtaking series of self-portraits, titled “My Anxious Heart.”
Tell us what you think? Did any of the images resonate with you? Did they help you understand anxiety disorders more? What do you think about the comments others posted underneath the article? Do you have any questions about their discussion? Tell us about it in the comments.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
What brings Joy into your life? What makes you happy? Would puddle splashing also make you happy?
Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
Have you talked about positive psychology with your child? With mental health professionals? With your friends? What were some responses you received?
Here’s a great song to share with your teen when they’re feeling down!
Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it’s untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.
How do you feel when you’re happy? Or sad? Or angry? How do you see this both in yourself and in your child?
“When it rains, it pours- but soon, the sun will shine again, always. Stay positive, better days are ahead.”
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
What was surprising to you about this TED talk? What was your take away?
DoSomething.org is a social movement site that uses easy steps to help change the world. We recently came across the Love Letters campaign and wanted to share it with you! Love Letters is a campaign to make Valentine’s Day cards “to show an older adult you care.”
Getting older can be pretty lonely. In fact, as of 2012, 11.8 million American seniors live alone and face isolation due to location, disability, or language barriers.
We know that isolation isn’t just an adolescent thing – it can happen to anyone, so we wanted to encourage you to reach out this winter season to someone else who may be feeling what you feel.
It ends February 15th and it is very easy to sign up for the site and then submit your card!
Let us know if you decide to join in! Do you think that this is a good idea?