Boost your Happiness #Blogg100

#063 [LXIII]
Happiness – Willpower – Mediation [Do it Harder, faster and more intelligently]

I have been participating in Kelly McGonigal’s online course 28 days Boost your willpower. Today I came across this TED talk by Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work thanks to @molbimien in here blog. So his advice in the end correlates very much with Kelly’s teaching and others that researches in happiness.

Do Random acts of kindness - Shawn Achor

Do Random acts of kindness – Shawn Achor

Harder, faster and more intelligently

Here is 5 tips from Shawn Achor on how to be happier and thus becoming more productive.

  • 3 things you are grateful of today. 20 days in a row
  • Journaling – Blogging
  • Exercise 
  • Mindful Mediation
  • Random acts of kindness

3 things you are grateful of today. 20 days in a row

Write down 3 things each day that you where grateful of. This is an exercise that I have done before after reading of it in Martin Seligman’s book Flourish. I will restart doing it “Today”. As their is no tomorrow. It’s always Today, Today and Today.

Journaling – Blogging

Writing down your ideas and hunches helps the brain thinking about them. As I discussed in my earlier episode #066 [LXVI] Chance favors the connected mind [Keep on blogging] blogging or making notes on a daily basis helps. Blog away! Find all tips under Journaling.


Daily Exercise keep your thinking engine and happiness spinning on top. When sitting down all day I recommend getting up for a short exercise ever 4 hour like running up some stairs. Some people but not all have the genes that benefits from doing 3 minutes extremely high intensity taring [HIT] for 3 minutes.  See also my blogposts: Dance and Run in Stairs.

Mindful Mediation

Want more willpower and focus? Just doing a 5 minute Mindful meditation a day has a scientific proven effect of boosting your mind and willpower. Use the technique described below.

Random acts of kindness
Doing random acts of Kindness will make you feel better as well as making the receiver more likely to pay it forward. Simon Sinek explains this very well in his speech here: #088 [LXXXVIII] I want you to become a better version of you.

More or less?

According to Barry Schwarts we must also limit the number of choice we make. So that we don’t get stuck in Analysis Paralysis. AP [Analysis Paralysis] is something that all we Boardgamers are very familiar with. Games are just that. Simulation of choice and consequence. I for one, think that there are Free Will in games as well as in life. We must not get stuck on our choices. And even if we regret our choices. We must learn that like in a game we can’t redo our choices. Life is Permanent.

“Regret does not remind us we did badly. It remind us we could do better.” — Kathyrn Schulz

A Five-Minute Meditation

This is from Kelly McGonigal’s online course 28 days Boost your willpower.

Whenever you’re trying to make a change in your life, a daily meditation practice can be a positive ally. But that doesn’t mean you have to go buy a cushion, sign up for training, or dedicate 45 minutes each day to some strict, idealized discipline. Keep it easy, and keep it light. You can reap serious benefits from this simple, five-minute practice:

1. Sit still and stay put. You don’t have to be on a cushion or mat; just find a spot where you can sit comfortably for five minutes.

2. Turn your attention to the breath. For a minute or two, think to yourself “inhale” with every inhalation, “exhale” with every exhalation.

3. Notice how it feels to breathe, and feel the mind wander. After a minute or two, drop the labels, and just notice how it feels in the body to breathe. You might feel it in the nose, in the belly, or in the throat. If your mind wanders—which it will!—just keep calm and return to the sensation of the breath.

That’s it. This micro-meditation is an incredibly powerful willpower booster—the practice of returning attention again and again to the breath kicks the prefrontal cortex (the decision-making center of the brain) into high gear and quiets the stress and craving centers of your brain. Every time you bring your attention away from a wandering thought and back to the breath, you strengthen self-awareness and boost self-control.


Where does we and our ideas come from? #Blogg100

#067 [LXVII]
The Moon made us [What do we make?]

Without TED, no Blogg 100?

Read an interesting post from Fredrik Torstensson that TED is very inspirational for us bloggers. I only have one little problem with TED. And it is that is one way.
Most of best inspiration for my research I have done. That have used in my 3 blogs. I have gotten from The RSA and the 1 hour long audio version of their talks. They just sometimes select the best of the best.

But one of the best reasons for me liking them so much is that is just not a one way presentation. No most of the time goes to a discussion and questions from the audience on site and live on Twitter. I have gotten 2 very good answer my self, to god questions asked live on Twitter.

But I have found something that makes TED better and it is TED Radio Hour. You can find them as a podcast if you search for it. Here we are given a discussion and a good analysis of the TED talks. With the actual person that gave their talks.

Let’s get more conversations going around the Ideas that everyone have

Here are 3 favorite i listen to today: I will expand on them tomorrow

Fixing Our Broken Systems with Philip K. HowardJane McGonigal and  Barry Schwarts.

Building A Better Classroom with Sir Ken RobinsonSalman Khan and John Hunter.

Where Ideas Come From with Matt Ridley, Susan Cain and Steven Johnson.

Moon my father, Earth my Mother

Today i also saw a very interesting documentary about The Moon on Swedish TV: Vetenskapens Värld. They present some very compelling theories about how much the collision with another planet that created out moon has meant for there being life on Earth at all.

There is many reasons to watch the moon in awe. I just got another. Tonight I walked the winter woods with my dog staring at the Full Moon. Let’s #MoonWatch together.

TED Radio Hour: Where Ideas Come From

TED Radio Hour: Where Ideas Come From