Gaze at art. According to a study last year from University College London, when people looked at paintings they liked, MRIs showed that the medial orbitofrontal cortex, part of the brain that governs pleasure, lit up. The caudate nucleus, whic... Read more
True beauty is not so often found in big displays and orchestrated events as in small gestures, quiet corners and ordinary everyday occurences: a sunrise, a rainbow, a child playing in the waves, a sweet pea vine twirling around a garden stake.... Read more
What's your trick for boosting your confidence?
37 percent - working out or being active
20 percent - applying makeup or styling hair
20 percent - putting on a sexy outfit or high heels
13 percent - taking a second to breathe... Read more
Need a quick jolt of happiness, right now? Try this:
Reach out to friends. Call, make a lunch date, or send an e-mail to a friend. Having warm, close bonds with other people is one of the keys to happiness, so take the time to stay in touch... Read more
Although some people assume that exercise is tiring, in fact it boosts energy, especially in sedentary people. But even when you know the benefits, it can be hard to form the habit. Try these strategies:
1. Give yourself credit for the smal... Read more
A man noticed that the type on his printer was getting faint. He called a local repair shop, and was told by a friendly employee that it probably just needed to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50.00 for such cleanings, the employee told... Read more
Well, we took our annual trip to the Quad Cities to view eagles in the wild. Unfortunately, this year we did not get to see a single eagle. :-(
However, we had fun with my Dad & his girlfriend anyway. Plus, we went to the movies after we dr... Read more
What makes you happier: To go to bed early and wake up early, or to go to bed late and wake up late?
ē What are your favorite parts of your ordinary day?
ē What would your perfect day look like? Can you make an ordinary day look more like yo... Read more
1. Turn out the light as soon as youíre sleepy. Getting enough sleep makes a huge difference in your sense of energy and cheerfulness.
2. Walk around the block. A little exercise and a little sunlight will give you a big boost.
3. Take... Read more
Make time for play. What is play? An activity thatís satisfying, has no economic significance, doesnít create social harm, and doesnít necessarily lead to praise or recognition. Play is not merely idle time; itís an opportunity to experiment wit... Read more