Learning to be Happy

Learning happiness in Harvard:

Happiness is the desire of any person,

But often do not know how to achieve it. Therefore, Harvard University designed a course helping to achieve that state, a class that has become one of the most popular of that prestigious seat of learning.

The class is dictated by Tal Ben-Shahar.

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer at Harvard University. He currently teaches the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership”–with a total of over 1,400 students.

The course is based on field surveys and studies on the characteristics and components to living happily.

Therein Ben-Shahar, also known as the guru of happiness, provides 13 tips to help achieve it. They are quite simple and easy tips to follow.

And here they are.

1. 30 minutes of exercise
All experts agree that physical activity is as good as an antidepressant to improve mood. Thirty minutes exercise are the best antidote to sadness and stress.

2. Breakfast is the key
Some people skip breakfast because they do not have time or do not want fat. Studies show that breakfast helps to have energy, thinking and successfully perform the activities.

3. Thank the good
Write down 10 things you have in your life that give you happiness. When we make a gratitude list, we force ourselves to focus on good things.

4. Be assertive
Ask for what you really want and say what you think. It has been shown to be assertive helps improve self-esteem.

5. Spend on experiences
Spend your money on experiences, not things. 75 percent of people feel happier when they invest their money on travel, courses and classes. In contrast, only 34 percent say they feel happier when they buy things, except if needed.

6. Do not delay
‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’. Studies show that there is more anxiety and tension the more delayed.

7. Be polite and smile
Always greet and be kind to others. Just smile changes the mood. In addition, most people will value to be treated better.

8. Watch your posture
Walk straight with your shoulders back slightly and looked up at the front helps to maintain a good mood.

9. Music is essential
It is proven that listening to music awakens desire to sing and dance, which makes life merry.

10. Think about what you eat
What you eat has a major impact on your mood. For this reason, it is advisable to eat something light every three or four hours order to maintain stable glucose levels. Do not skip meals and avoid excess sugar and white flour. Eat everything and vary the
foods.

11. Accept failure
Accept failure as part of life, go ahead and learn from it.

12. Take care of your appearance
41 percent of people say they feel happier when they think they look good.

13. Surround yourself with your memories
Paste pleasant memories, phrases and pictures of their loved ones everywhere, in your fridge, on your computer, on your desktop … Surround yourself with things that remind you of good times.

Big think

God Bless You

Who Speaks for the Climate?


Last week I had the opportunity to attend to a Max Boykoff’s conference from his book Who Speaks for the Climate.Max Boykoff is the leading researcher and critical voice on the media and climate change.

Even though I am not an expert at all about climate change I can tell you that it is a fact that media is talking about it, and sometimes not telling the whole truth about it, also the experts are making a big effort to open our eyes in order to wake up our awareness about it.

It doesn’t matter where you live, we all live in the same planet, and this planet we call earth is alive, and we can see that everywhere. Lots of people are telling us nowadays that earth is our house and we must take care of it, I would go farther and say we are one with earth, we can’t separate our lives from earth, we eat, breath and drink from earth, actually we are physically connected to earth all the time.

When we think about earth we think about the whole planet and sometimes it could be overwhelming, because we think that saving the whole planet is a huge task, and it is, but we can start with being aware of it and do the things we can do to help in our everyday life, the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY(EPA) has 9 you can do at home:

1-Change the lights to Energy Star bulbs
2- Look for Energy Star products
3- Heat and Coll smart
4- Seal and insulate you house
5- Use green Power
6- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
7- Be green in you yard
8- Use water efficiently
9- Spread the word

For further information you can visit EPA page:

http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/index.html

But most of all be aware that you are part of earth and you are not separate from it, you are connected to earth, and you will always live here in this planet also named by ancient cultures

Mother Earth

God Bless You