10 December 2008

10-Item Lists...Really?

Around here, it's been all Me lately, and for this significant post, I'll return to a Jenius staple: quoting. Here are two pieces worth reading.

The first by Jen Angel, of YES! Magazine is 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy:

In the last few years, psychologists and researchers have been digging up hard data on a question previously left to philosophers: What makes us happy? Researchers like the father-son team Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Stanford psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, and ethicist Stephen Post have studied people all over the world to find out how things like money, attitude, culture, memory, health, altruism, and our day-to-day habits affect our well-being. The emerging field of positive psychology is bursting with new findings that suggest your actions can have a significant effect on your happiness and satisfaction with life. Here are 10 scientifically proven strategies for getting happy.

1. Savor Everyday Moments

2. Avoid Comparisons

3. Put Money Low on the List

4. Have Meaningful Goals

5. Take Initiative at Work

6. Make Friends, Treasure Family

7. Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

8. Say Thank You Like You Mean It

9. Get Out and Exercise

10. Give It Away, Give It Away Now!

Seems to Me science is nailing down the wisdom of the ages just about... now.

And since Top 10 lists clutter up the end of the year, here's another 10-item list: 10 Things We Can't Have Without the Other:

1) Money without Labor – We do not value what we do not earn.

2) Loyalty without Trust – Loyalty will vanish in the absence of trust.

3) Appreciation without Education – We cannot fully appreciate what we do not fully understand.

4) Wisdom without Experience – True wisdom is the product of many life experiences.

5) Power without Checks and Balances – Unfettered power leads to greed and corruption.

6) Business without Sincerity – Crooked businessmen are prison bound… if they’re lucky.

7) Success without Sacrifice – Success doesn’t find us, we find it.

8) Policy without Justification – Without justification, policy is just another form of tyranny.

9) Happiness without Peace of Mind – A mind at ease is already pleased.

10) Beginnings without Endings – A great, new beginning rises from another beginning’s end.

There's more to the science-happiness article and you can make comments on the "without" post at the site. Have fun. Think about what you've read. And I've given My pen (keyboard) a bit of a rest. Not that it needed one, come to think about it...

The Jenius Has Quoted.

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