The final leg of our journey to Ohio was a beautiful drive. The gloominess and rain of the previous day finally subsided. As you can see, Amstel was a little too relaxed from mixture of sunshine and calming drone of the tires on the highway.
Just before we crossed the border into Ohio we passed through a gigantic wind farm. Just the site of this massive effort to harness the power of Mother Nature to provide clean energy gave me hope. It was a good reminder that not everyone in this country of ours is asleep.
My next thrill came from passing under this sign. A certain calm came over me when I saw the familiar rolling hills and wildflowers that dotted the Ohio landscape. When I was a boy my parents would load my brother and I into the car and we’d explore the state from corner to corner.
There is already an abundance of research surrounding the effect that income has on happiness, but what about happiness in relation to spending money on others? Well, it turns out that this might be a way to easily go about trying to increase your own happiness.
Previous studies have shown that spending money on other people, rather than on oneself, is likely to have a more positive impact on personal happiness.
When it comes to spending money on others in an effort to try and boost happiness, researchers suggest that the benefits of giving to others can be witnessed in both the body and brain.
In a previous experiment on the topic, researchers set out to approach 46 people on a school campus and they then would give them either a $5 or $20 bill that they were allowed to spend by the end of the day.
*Half of the participants who
For one to answer this question they would have to be objective about reality. For most people, if not all, the search for love is at the core of their existence. Whether love comes from children, a lover, family or friends is irrelevant. The key part here is for one to recognize that whenever the concept of love is involved, sex will soon dominate either directly or indirectly.
I don't mean to be a cynic or a provocateur. There is something cruel but also profound when it comes to this basic realization about sex. We acknowledge our design, our flawed organs that are subject to disease and decay, but neglect to take into full account how the whole process of sex unravels meaning in our lives.
Any hopeless romantic will simply switch off at the tho
To do this story justice I need to give you all a rundown on my history in the United States formal education system. Just a hint, I'm not a fan, but I have prospered inside it nonetheless. This should be a fun ride <3 For humor's sake and to hopefully get you to stick to this blog, here's a picture of teenage me.
Early in my childhood I was a massive book worm, you'd be hard-pressed to find me actually speaking to other students. My time was important and limited, and it was often spent with my nose in a Stephen King novel. Or with my eyeballs glued to a GameBoy Color on the bus, and you knew something was wrong if I didn't have a pair of cheap over the ear headphones on, connected to a Walkman Cassette Player. My friend circle was small and short-lived typically, I didn't keep them long and when they existed they weren't particularly exciting. I aced tests without trying, homework was done before I even left the class, I had good relationships with my teachers and didn't
It is rather easy for someone to get emotionally charged and point fingers if something goes south. Our auto-piloted brained works much the same whether we are priests, lovers, CEO’s or scientists. Although we are well aware of this automated discrepancy, we are terrified of the thought of losing control. We do understand how helpless we become. Much like cats we lose it at the sight of a laser pointer. All logic falls under the instinct’s mercy.http://www.success.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_main/public/main/articles/Put%20Your%20Brain%20on%20Autopilot.jpg?itok=n4PzKMwp
Reason is not really promoted from evolution. You see, in the Savannas of Africa about half a million years or so, our ancestors that wanted to app
One of the things I have noticed is a tendency for all of us (myself included) to over medicalise complex issues - by which I mean the idea that almost every problem has a drug based solution.
Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to human psychology and psychiatry.
We live in a consumer culture which says that we ought to be able to buy an immediate fix to any problem using technology.
Drugs are one of the most ancient forms of technology we have.![ThinkstockPhotos-507753858.jpg](https://steemitimages.com/DQmfZMdaGWwfxz8MqnRBYwy4r48Hq4661S2XtJX5H2F6Xqf/ThinkstockPhotos-507753858.jpg)
**People are busy and want quick fixes to difficult prob
This week's topic harks back to one of my earliest posts where I present the unique culture of “Mukbangs” or Eating Rooms as Koreans watch streamers cook and eat online for companionship and entertainment.
South Korea's population is shrinking at an unprecedented pace. As of now, the statistic is 1.2 children per couple, meaning that the number of children is virtually halved with each successive generation. The large, communal-living style of traditional Korea as rapidly being replaced with individual isolation in tiny apartments.
- Source: Olive TV
This is all exacerbated by an overall Zeitgeist that is very independent, individualistic, and competitive. The “rat race” of schooling and job-chasing is fostering a mindset where everyone is off to fend for themselves, no matter the strength of their interpersonal relationships. Unfortunately, we
Last Thursday, I couldn't post because I was in mourning. One of my husband's best friends whom I am also close to - died five months ago and we've just found out about it on Thursday. We didn't know nor were informed because he chose to live on the other side of the world - in Asia.
A few weeks ago, my skype reported that he's turned 51 so I greeted him a Happy Birthday and normally, he would reply a day later and ask me to tell my husband he'd like to skype with him. The next day arrived and no messages nothing at all. I told my husband to check on him because its odd. He's never missed replying to my messages so I got worried we tried to reach out to him in the only possible ways he gave us - but to no avail. Desperate, I told my husband to send a message to one of his friends whom he introduced us when we were on vacation in the place where he lived and finally, that guy has sent us an email with a bad news. He lost his battle to tongue cancer which has spread in his lympnodes.
I've been me
For everyone who is new on my blog, I have a series called „How to trick your mind“. I am not a psychologist but I have many tips and tricks on how to trick your mind to live a better and happier life. I cant promise that it will work for you, because you have to be patient and stay strong while using these specific task I am going to show you. It´s not going to be easy
I have so many topics to talk about and its hard for me to decide with which theme I am going to start. But for todays episode I chose -
Everyone of us has habits. Good and bad ones. I have found out 5 habits that we should try to destroy due to live a happier and more positive life. We pursuit to have mor
A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.-- Paulo Coelho
We make a ton of decisions and are faced with all kinds of choices, everyday… Many of which are quite serious, that require us to be -- right. From the moment we wake and have to decide between the Fruity Pebbles cereal (wrong choice) or the organic raw oatmeal sweetened with fresh fruit (better choice) -- we know that Fruity Pebbles is slowly killing us.., and that choosing the oatmeal is a no-brainer.., but a decision, none the less.
We are bombarded with decision making all day, everyday.., and while much of this process is on autopilot., based on our personal experience, knowledge, habit and perceptions -- there is still a lot of unseen pressure to make
The above image is created by me ( Angelo Borg )
We are trying to hard to be liked. We usually do so ignoring our own needs to self explore our own selves. Why we feel the need to be liked by others more than the need to be liked by ourselves? It does not make any sense to pursuit in vein goals that does not fulfill our dreams. We are individuals.
We are social beings for sure. We find greater pleasure knowing we are liked or favored by everybody else rather our selves. We sacrifice time and money to impress our small circle of friends or our small communities in vein. Self respect comes usually as a result of self exploration, that is easier said than done. We do not dedicate the time to explore our selves our needs and our inner world as much as we do to impress people that are irrelevant to us. Humans in our times are trying to hard to project a certain image to their circle that usually has nothing to do w
When I first started my maladaptive daydreaming it was based on my obsession at the time. The-X-Files. In my imagination, usually played out for hours and hours before falling asleep, I was Scully and my intense friendship with Mulder sustained me. In reality, I was being abused sexually and was unable to get help for it after tryin
Life poses interesting challenges.
Such as: what is our responsibility when confronted with bullshit?
Humans are funny creatures. We tend to propagate alot of bullshit. Alot.
As we mature and become wiser, some of us develop the ability to see through alot of the B.S. people - often well-intentioned - buy into and spread. Yet, it's not always clear what the most appropriate course of action is when perceiving others disconnected in fantasy worlds of distorted belief systems.
At some stages of our development, it becomes tempting to become a warrior for
the truth - taking a stand for the uncovering of
evil lies, rebelling against the forces of ignorance, fighting for a
freedom of mind. The problem is there - given it's merely one stage of an incomplete development - there are still layers of B.S. yet to be cleared, and self-righteous tendencies can often creep in to infect one's fight against bullshit with more covert rose-scented bullshit that goes unrecognized as such.
This often corresponds t
Someone has probably said something to you that has made you look or feel foolish. At the time, you may have stood there befuddled (yep, befuddled) unable to think of a witty retort quickly enough and remained silent or maybe attempted something that didn't really work well.
Have you ever found a better comeback for their statement? Only, it was hours too late? Why is this? Why didn't it come at the time and even if you managed a half decent response at the time, how come the better one didn't surface when needed?
What do you do when you face a problem? Solve it probably. And then what?
Generally, after we put out a problem fire, we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done and get on with the day. The problem I see here is the same one with the witty comeback above except, missing the follow up.
The reason we do the follow up thinking when teased is that we are trying to soothe an emotional hurt. We work to prove to our self that if given better conditions, we could have
I pretend to be friends with everyone, and the thing is.. its not really pretending - during the moments of deep connection and conversation, I feel a sense of connectedness where I could sit and talk with them forever. In those deep spaces of people sharing their whole life with me, I feel in a place of openness and safety and being human and knowing that we all go through shit in life. I feel as though I have just entered parts of their world. They allowed me in to a space that not many people get the chance of witnessing.
With that being said, I feel like I have a lot of people in my world that I call friends. Although, I really don’t think of them as friends at the same time. They shared their life with me and thats that. But I could sit in conversation all day long with any
A number of people around the globe have been able to increase their overall well-being by choosing to simplify their lifestyle. A trend has been growing for years in a number of places,surrounding minimalism, the tiny homes, downsizing, etc. There are many ways that people have gotten rid of excess and in return they found more happiness in their life.
By identifying what is truly necessary within our lives, researchers suggest that it enables us to work toward freeing up our emotional and mental resources, and that is why a simpler lifestyle tends to bring about a better feeling of well-being.
Many believe that if you take the time to sort out and organize (to the best that you can) your external surroundings, then the inner psyche will follow suit.
But not everyone has such an easy time getting rid of clutter
If you are constantly looking for those abs, a strong torso, flat belly, Jonny-Bravo-biceps and ultimately great blood flow and circulation, you may have tried push-ups!
image source/credit to: imgur
But if you have weak hands like me, then you might want to try my brand of push-ups! Let's go 50!
Basically, the 22nd century lurks in the corner, the white walkers are coming, so why go all out to stress in the gym, when i can exercise my brain, create some influence and employ bouncers who have truly come to love me, to do the lifting!
So join me, let's do 50 push-ups. When we are done, your biceps, abs, torso etc, will be every human's delight and will be hotcakes in anatomy-museums worldwide!
My observations are from a natural point of view, uninfluenced by science or religion, all that remains is TRUE.
Rich money comes and poor money goes, middle man money just flows.
Only very few want to see you make it big, and at the top of my pyramid, I'm alone.
Belief is emotional attachment to in-formation and know is experience of now.
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