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Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living. ~ Unknown

All Progress Depends On Unreasonable People

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress therefore depends on unreasonable people. - George Bernard Shaw

Quote text: “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress therefore depends on unreasonable people.” – George Bernard Shaw

The Great Art of Living

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

To improve the golden moments of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of living - Samuel Johnson

The World Happiness Report

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

The United Nations recently released the World Happiness Report, edited by John Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey Sachs.

The report states that for impoverished societies higher household income is associated with improved life conditions and well-being that increases life satisfaction for its members. For individuals in the high-income world, however, affluence beyond that required to survive results in minimal additional increases in happiness. In fact, the surplus income can reduce happiness due to afflictions such as obesity and addictions such as gambling and can lead to diminished social trust and community bonds.

The report looks at two measures of happiness: “affective happiness”, based on daily emotions, and “evaluative happiness”, based on overall life evaluation. It finds there are both external and personal factors that contribute to happiness – including for example income, values, community (external) and health, age, family experience (personal).

The report concludes with implications for development policy goals – economic stability, community cohesion, ethical standards, world climate, employment, work quality, mental and physical health, family life, and education.

You can find the World Happiness Report here – http://issuu.com/earthinstitute/docs/world-happiness-report

 

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