HAPPINESS: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO WE FIND IT?

 CatSilouetteHAPPINESS: SEARCHING FOR AN ELUSIVE ANIMAL         

 Since the beginning of human awareness, homo sapiens across the globe have gone to the ends of the earth and back in search of the Holiest of Grails: happiness.  We’ve pursued or pined for anything and everything from fame, money, sex, and love to experimenting with a  exotic substances, conquering those weaker than ourselves, collecting or hoarding buildings, property, food, businesses, friends, snow globes, lovers and tchotchkes. Indeed there are many things in life that bring us momentary joy, entertainment, good cheer and good feelings, but what, if anything, can seriously make us happy?

             Lots of folks have offered a wide variety of thoughts, feelings and ideas on the subject and for as many speculations as to origin, cause and meaning of happiness, there are just as many theories focused on what happiness is not. Here is a small niblet of recent scientific findings:

THE SCIENCE OF CREATIVITITY

CREATIVE CREATURES: WHAT MAKES THEM TICK? 

            Nietzsche once said; “He who has a why to live, can bare most any how.” For many artistic types, creative expression is their “why” and they will often bear the how at great costs. Making art has been a part of every culture since the beginning of time. From the Greek plays, the Roman sculptures, Egyptian scribes to the English musicians and the Renaissance painters, art has and continues to captivate the minds, hearts and souls of humankind across the globe.

THE SCIENCE OF CREATIVITY - WHAT THE RESEARCH TELLS US

           Although evolutionary scientists have yet to find a satisfying reason for why we engage in creative activities, scientific research suggests that artistic expression enhances self-understanding, improves mental focus and can lead to relaxation and renewal.  According to Daniel Goleman and colleagues - authors of The Creative Spirit, research also suggests that tapping into your creative side leads to a greater enjoyment of life, and improvement in communication and collaboration skills.Creativity expert psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,  reports that when we involve ourselves in creative projects we feel more alive than during the rest of our lives.  Creative outcomes, he suggests, also “add to the richness and complexity of the future.”

PROCRASTINATION: TIPS FOR WRANGLING THE PESKY BEAST

PROCRASTINATORS TO DO LIST 

 MONDAY

  1.) Set alarm for 730am – wake up at crack of noon

  2.) Drink coffee, scrutinize To Do List, then watch 5 Nurse Jackie’s

  3.) Walk past mountain of laundry, avert eyes

  4.) Obsess over noxious fumes inhaled at construction site on 77th and 3rd

  5.) Compare myself to Alison, then feel horrible for 2 hours

  6.) Assume everyone in Tuesday Night Yoga hates me

  8.) Stare at vacuum for 20 minutes then go to Ebay & spend $60 on stupid crap