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International sporting events have an influence on our appreciation of well-being International sporting events have an influence on our appreciation of well-being
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In an event such as the Soccer World Cup, the phenomenon of increased identification with the team and greater national pride has been referred to as the “feel-good effect at mega sports events“. Such events facilitate social connections and have an influence on our emotions: they are sources of joy and frustration, anger and pride, depression and enthusiasm; and ultimately affect what psychologist call the “subjective well-being” – which is, as a key concept in positive psychology, our own appreciation of one’s life in global terms.


Source : Soccer results affect subjective well-being, but only briefly: a smartphone study during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015

Happiness is a form of action Happiness is a form of action
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To be happy we need something to solve. Happiness is therefore a form of action; it’s an activity, not something that is passively bestowed upon you, not something that you magically discover in a top-ten article on the Huffington Post or from any specific guru or teacher. It doesn’t magically appear when you finally make enough money to add on that extra room to the house. You don’t find it waiting for you in a place, an idea, a job—or even a book, for that matter.

Happiness is a constant work-in-progress, because solving problems is a constant work-in-progress—the solutions problems, and so on. True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.

At least 7 hours of sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to maintain a good mental and physical health At least 7 hours of sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to maintain a good mental and physical health
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If we all slept enough? …our healthcare burden would plummet, we would have better mental health and fewer suicides… our business would be more productive, global economies would be healthier, our roads would be safer and our children would be smarter (they would develop their brains more completely in childhood).  We would lower our lifetime risks of common mortality issues, we would have happier relationships and healthier marriages physically and psychologically.

(…) sleep is the very best health insurance policy you could ever wish for- and for the most part, it is democratically and freely available universal healthcare plan; one that is rather painless yet extraordinarily effective.


Source : Interview of Matthew P. Walker by Vikas Shah MBE on thoughteconomics.com


To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans.

Though the “1,000” number is not an absolute one and serves more as reference point (can start at 200 up to few thousands - but gives a rough order of magnitude) ; the theory goes that as long as you manage to make somewhere around $100 per year on each true fan, you will generate ($100*1,000) $100,000 / year, a good living for must folks.


Source : 1,000 True Fans, The Technium, 2008

Biology People
Facial expressions of emotion are universal, not learned differently in each culture Facial expressions of emotion are universal, not learned differently in each culture
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Darwin in his great 1872 book, “The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals” puts forth that a specific set of six universal emotions, namely:

- anger and fear,

- surprise and disgust,

- joy and sadness

“The language of the emotions” as he terms these facial expressions and body language, are considered to be the result of natural selection and the process of evolution, and shared across cultures and civilizations, ingrained in our genetic makeup.

Early birds less likely to develop depression Early birds less likely to develop depression
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Early risers have a 12 -- 27 percent lower risk of being depressed than intermediate types.

That is the result of a June 2018 study carried on 32 000 middle-to older-aged women female nurses. The research shows depression risk is not only driven only by environmental (e.g. light exposure) and lifestyle factors (e.g. work schedules) as we might think; but also by the chronotype – the propensity for the individual to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period.

Research founds that late chronotypes are less likely to be married, more likely to live alone and be smokers, and more likely to have erratic sleep patterns.

Are night owls doomed to be depressed? Not as long as they get enough sleep, exercise, spend time outdoors, dim the lights at night, and try to get as much light by day as possible.

Still, 4 years of study and 2,581 cases of incident depression show that early chronotypes have lower risk of depression.

Go to bed early and feel better.


Source : Prospective study of chronotype and incident depression among middle- and older-aged women in the Nurses’ Health Study II, Céline Vetter, Journal of Psychiatric Research, August 2018 ...

Ultimate happiness does not exist anyway Ultimate happiness does not exist anyway
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The person you marry is the person you fight with.  The house you buy is the house you repair.  The dream job you take is the job you stress over.  Everything comes with an inherent sacrifice—whatever makes us feel good will also inevitably make us feel bad.  What we gain is also what we lose.  What creates our positive experiences will define our negative experiences.  This is a difficult pill to swallow.

We like the idea that there’s some form of ultimate happiness that can be attained.  We like the idea that we can alleviate all of our suffering permanently.  We like the idea that we can feel fulfilled and satisfied with our lives forever.  But we cannot.

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