Category Archives: Happiness

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

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How to succeed at self-sabotage.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Good list to review to dig deeper into your morose.  Exercises are provided to reinforce your lack of self worth.  When you are done, turn the exercises around to proffer the opposite to build esteem.  A true gift to release creative energy and to get unstuck.

See on www.alternet.org

Longevity fuels creativity, and vice versa

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Neurological research may explain why many ‘creative types,’ from attorneys to painters, do their best work late in life.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

For creativity, "it helps to be happy. Multiple studies show happiness contributes to a longer life, and those who are exercising their creative potential are more likely to be content."

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How To Wire Your Brain For Happiness

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The secret to lasting happiness might be neatly summed up in a cheesy neuroscience joke: “The neurons that fire together, wire together.”

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

We know there is a relationship between postive emotions and the capacity for broadening one’s thoughts… rewiring the brain for happiness?  Why not?

See on www.huffingtonpost.com

To everything there is a season…

WCIW_PRIMARY_LOGO_Y_4CThanks all for joining and celebrating your creativity during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2013.  There were countless events, conversations, activities, and moments of reflection that helped lift the world away from where the past may have led toward a new, more desirable future.

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 is one week in the year for everyone, at the same time, to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too.  What you do during this time counts in your life and the lives of others.

We know many people, groups, organizations, schools, associations from every habitable continent were involved this year and invite you to read this website, our Facebook group, our facebook page, #wciw on twitter, to catch a glimpse of what people are reporting.  Feel free to add your event, activity and wishes, so you may provide an example for others in years to come.

We’ve learned a lot this year, about how WCIW continues to inspire new thinking and new action for everyone involved.  It’s a special week every year that invites creative and innovative participation. It defies tradition because it is about what you do, not what others are about.

This post is call to everything there is a season, for a reason…

Do you know the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn song from the 1960’s? It’s lyrics come from centuries ago, wisdom about balance of action and focus.

Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes
Music-Pete Seeger

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

Please enjoy the rest of your year, ride with the creativity and innovation tide, have confidence in your capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that matter.

Since its first celebrations in 2002, WCIW keeps growing. I hope you’ll help grow it further through your thoughts and actions so that we may with focused energy, collectively, collaboratively and creatively connect to lift the planet in meaningful, vital, responsible, knowledgeable ways.

We’ll  need volunteers to keep the momentum going and will be keeping in touch through our Facebook group and page.  Make sure you are included in either or both to learn of developments.

Thanks so much for making this one as great as it is/was, looking forward to our World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 2014.

Best wishes for the year to come. Thanks again. For all you do.

Marci Segal, WCIW founder

fyi, this year for WCIW I did three new things:  Presented at PechaKuchaToronto on WCIW, attended the opening of an art show of never seen creations, and made a new slow cooker recipe.  What new things or ideas were part of your WCIW this year?

P.S. Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the new WCIW logo by instigation of Linda Salna, Toronto WCIW team captain.

Happiness economics. The Economist Human Potential Conference.

I’ve learned something recently which is likely not news to you.  When respected economists talk, people pay attention.  Now that they are talking about Human Potential, there’s a chance the people factor will count in high level decision making.

Happiness economics speaks to human potential. It emerged in the early 1970s’ when economist Richard Easterlin revisited the importance of happiness in society, thereby influencing economists and those who seek their counsel to use new ideas and make new decisions to create exciting new futures. (World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 fits in this agenda.  It’s purpose, since  2001, is to encourage and engage people in using their creativity – new ideas and new decisions – to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too, without causing harm.)

What is Happiness Economics?

From a paper, The Economics of Happiness by Carol Graham, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
“The economics of happiness is an approach to assessing welfare which combines the techniques typically used by economists with those more commonly used by psychologists.
While psychologists have long used surveys of reported well-being to study happiness, economists only recently ventured into this arena. Early economists and philosophers, ranging from Aristotle to Bentham, Mill, and Smith, incorporated the pursuit of happiness in their work. Yet, as economics grew more rigorous and quantitative, more parsimonious definitions of welfare took hold. Utility was taken to depend only on income as mediated by individual choices or preferences within a rational individual’s monetary budget constraint.”
PDF of her paper here.  Also check Happiness Economics in Wikipedia.

Seems The Economist is also helping to spread this work.  Notice that cognitive diversity and emotional intelligence are on their program agenda, below.

Human Potential Conference via The Economist

Given the massive changes in global demography—billions of people are being lifted out of poverty—the demand for a well-trained workforce has never been greater. Combine that with the pace of scientific innovation, which is providing new insights into the workings of the human brain and advancing neuroscience and genomics at a staggering pace—and dramatically increasing life expectancies around the world.
Today, humankind is on track to advance mentally, physically and economically more than ever before. But there are still serious strategic challenges. Many governments around the world continue to violate human rights and civil liberties, job growth is stunted in many industries following a massive global economic crisis, the income gap around the world continues to widen, and there’s the problem of how to educate billions of new people in the coming decades—and manage their entry into the job market.
The nature of work is changing dramatically. The Millennial Generation has very different ideas than previous generations about what it means to have a job—demanding greater fluidity, more international travel, virtualization, and the need to perform jobs that improve humankind as much as earn profits. At the same time, companies also see the value in a team and project-oriented approach to management.
The days of corporate loyalty are long over; today people move around, ebb and flow. What does this mean for the future of the job market? What skills are necessary to survive and thrive in the ideas economy? And what are the perils to living in an environment where change is the only constant? The Economist will dig deep into the issue of human potential to uncover the challenges and opportunities ahead. Topics include
  • The new global landscape (population growth)
  • Key emerging industries
  • The role of government in catalyzing job creation
  • Environmental challenges in a crowded world
  • Expanding the new rules of entrepreneurship
  • The changing nature of the job market
  • The new (cognitive) diversity
  • Leadership in the twenty-first century
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Immigration and globalization
  • The future of the brain and human body
  • Financial planning for immortals.

Full program here