Cultural Depictions of Meloncholy

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

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How many steps to happiness?

May 12, 2011 § 3 Comments

Since 1970, the UK’s GDP has doubled, but people’s satisfaction with life has hardly changed. (NEF)   Evidence-based approaches to well-being are emerging and there are a plethora of initiatives and groups transforming those insights into policy and public health campaigns. Recently the Action for Happiness campaign was launched. With a manifesto in the Guardian by one of the directors, Mark Williamson and a smashing website by Public Zone, yet another positive trumpet call has been sent to take care of our well-being. So, what are the suggested means to that end? Below is a rapid countdown from ten of some tactics to gain happiness from current to ancient thinking. Each suggestion is the outcome of volumes of research and wisdom….

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RSS Compassion Feed

April 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Love this project by the Design Interaction Team in Goldsmiths, London is so simple but followed months of ethnographic research. Those Poor Clare nuns aren’t allowed whizzy gadgets, only the basics of life. So they verge on being cut off from life, and thus, their prayers following a similar fate. This cross shaped device fits aesthetically into the world of the convent, but also distills the news into a stream of basic messages, on which to contemplate and connect (I presume). Maybe we could all do with a little action-based tweet reading?

Seth Godin – The Lizard Brain

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

He has a certain way of really driving straight to the point, but in his own way. Seth Godin puts a distinct twist on describing fear, how it works, how it is part of us, how it affects everyone… More detail in the latest book Linchpin, which he considers a summary of his preceding ones.

The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to shipping, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want. That’s because the lizard hates change and achievement and risk.

I Remember Better When I Paint

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

 This is a beautiful story of how a woman remembered a comment her mother made and then persisted in following through on a hunch. Berna Huebner collaborated with doctors and art students to reintroduce painting back into her mother’s life. The documentary shows how painting can help people access parts of their memory that are otherwise inactive, when afflicted by cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Check out a review of the documentary and see the blog for information of viewings.

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