“This study shows that if happiness is something you want out of life, then focusing daily on the small moments and cultivating positive emotions is the way to go,” said Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory. “Those small moments let positive emotions blossom, and that helps us become more open. That openness then helps us build resources that can help us rebound better from adversity and stress, ward off depression and continue to grow.”
[ ]…Building up a daily diet of positive emotions does not require banishing negative emotions, she said. The study helps show that to be happy, people do not need to adopt a “Pollyanna-ish” approach and deny the upsetting aspects of life.
This would seem like a contradiction to this study – The Problem with Self-Help Books: Study shows the negative side to positive self-statements – which I posted about last week. While there might be some contradiction if one is thinking in terms of those simplistic positive affirmations featured so prominently in self-help literature, a long term emotional strategy to deal with life’s gloomier side is a slightly different approach. At some point everyone realizes that stuff happens. Even in the worse circumstances, in a few minutes or weeks we’ll have to return to some kind of normal routine to survive. Developing an emotions strategy, self knowledge and healing process does not have to mean living under the burden of being eternally perky. For some people happiness, joy, dejection or somewhere in the middle of the emotions scale does not appear to be the root of their problems. The problem is some underlying issue about control, processing perceptions, deeply ingrained insecurities and just plain old ignorance, The GOP’s Young Hatemonger
Thirty-eight-year-old Audra Shay’s campaign to become the next chairman of the Young Republicans went from obscure to infamous over the past week, after The Daily Beast revealed details of posts of her Facebook account. Specifically, a thread where one of her friends posts that ““Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals,” and Shay responds eight minutes later with: “You tell em Eric! lol.”
“This is an outrage and I CAN NOT believe this nation has him as our leader! It makes me sick!” She posted a few minutes later: “My disdain for Obama is directly proportionate for his disdain of this country.”
Directly proportional? She must be using some medieval measuring instrument. Which, being old and rusty could account for having opinions completely unwarranted by reality, but I’ll leave her to make excuses for her behavior.
This is a long article – Think Again: Asia’s Rise – which gets into quite a bit of history, economics, demography and political science. Not likely to be the last article on which nations or continent will be the king of the hill in the ever lasting game of international bragging rights ( one of many reasons tears and fears over one world government are delusional). Anyway, this factoid caught my eye in light of the recent climate change debate in Congress,
Environmental and natural resource constraints could also prove crippling. Pollution is worsening Asia’s shortage of fresh water while air pollution exacts a terrible toll on health (it kills almost 400,000 people each year in China alone). Without revolutionary advances in alternative energy, Asia could face a severe energy crunch. Climate change could devastate the region’s agriculture.