The Simple Path to Happiness
Two English professors have created the Action for Happiness movement which, by following a simple list of activities, aims to increase the amount of happiness in the lives of individuals.
What's the Latest Development?
London School of Economics professors Richard Layard and Dr. Anthony Seldon want to create positive social change by making people a little happier. They theorize that with a little bit of work, we can make big differences by doing small things. "Doing kind things for others strengthens our connection with them and builds trust—particularly with strangers—leading to happier communities. The acts can be large or small, but must be beyond the things you do regularly." Being thankful for what you have and meditating are two other activities they recommend.
What's the Big Idea?
According to Action for Happiness, the association created by Layard and Seldon, positive emotion is not something that happens to us. Rather, happiness is something that results from actions we ourselves take. Being grateful for the small things in life is one way to generate positive feelings: "[Being grateful] helps us to reframe our perceptions of how our day is going," says Action for Happiness's director, Mark Williamson. "It's not about ignoring bad things, but asking, did anything good happen today? You can usually find something."
The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
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- A new study from the University of Central Florida makes the case for the emerging connection of autism and the human microbiome.
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- While more research is needed, this is another step in fully understanding the consequences of poor nutrition.
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