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“Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity”

Creative people think differently. But why? There is no magic bullet or single pill. We all have the potential for creativity, but there are so many different triggers that can broaden our minds, inspire, and motivate. Of course, there are just as many triggers that can shut down our minds. Since creativity is so important for individual well-being and societal innovation, it’s important that we systematically pull the right triggers.

A crucial trigger is the experience of unusual and unexpected events. These events can take many different forms, ranging from the loss a parent to living abroad. But one need not experience any of these specific events to think more creatively. In a recent paper in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Simone Ritter and colleagues propose that any life experience, from the traumatic to the joyful, can lead to flexibility and creativity as long as it diversifies your experiences and pushes you outside your normal thought patterns. Read more

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“Kindness Moves Mountains”

Published on August 18, 2012 by Marietta McCarty in Life Saving Philosophy

It’s unfortunate that the word “kindness” is plastered on bumper stickers and repeated numbingly on greeting cards. The centrality of giving and receiving kindness in any life well lived often gets overlooked, the concept and the reality diluted and taken for granted.

Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi makes her case for kindness quite clearly for the world to hear in her Nobel Lecture in Oslo, Norway, on June 16: “Of the sweets of adversity, and let me say that they are not numerous, I have found the sweetest, most precious of all, is the lesson I have learnt on the value of kindness. Every kindness I received, small or big, convinced me that there could never be enough of it in our world…. Kindness can change the lives of people.” read more

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Happiness

Happiness is not elusive. It is attainable for all of us. It can be learned. The benefits of intentionally (or not) of striving to be happy are well documented. A lot has been written about happiness and it’s effects on our lives. Martin Seligman asserts that happiness is not just external, momentary pleasures.[2] Flow (engagement) and general life satisfaction are parts of happiness too, for example. pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight,enjoyment, satisfaction.

The dictionary define happiness, bliss, contentment, felicity as to imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness  results from the possession or attainmentof what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one’s family.Bliss  is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfectcompanionship. Contentment  is a peaceful kind of happiness inwhich one rests without desires, even though every wish may nothave been gratified: contentment in one’s surroundings. Felicity is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intensekind: to wish a young couple felicity in life. It is difficult to put in a blog all that is said about happiness, but one of the best sites I have stumbled upon is all that is written on psychology today.

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