Scientifically studying how humans get to be and stay happy is one of modern psychology’s success stories. Positive psychology, with its insights into pleasure and achievement, has benefited millions. But there should be more to life than happy. And this new powerful book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, by Emily Esfahani Smith (2017), is a gateway to getting there. Moving beyond a happy life to a meaningful life. It’s a very readable story, which considering the serious ground it covers, citing loads of scientific studies as well as ‘heavy hitters’ like Buddha, Kant, Aristotle and Viktor Frankl, is … Continue reading Go beyond happy
Outraged woman asks Pablo Picasso why simple bar sketch will cost 5000 Francs, since he drew it in only five minutes: “No, madam, it took me my whole life.” Maybe your old airline captain isn’t overpaid for that landing?
“Follow your passion” is OK advice up to a point. But beyond that, what we really get good at, is what we will suffer for. It’s not all happy days and chocolate ice cream. Mark Manson explains in his book The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck
Quote is from the book Tools of Titans. It’s not fast or exciting or sexy. It’s more diligent checklist than Top Gun Mach 2 hair on fire. But it’s how the good get great. Maria Popova is a Bulgarian writer, blogger, and critic living in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her wonderful blog BrainPickings.org. Original photo is two KC-135 Stratotanker pilots from the 74th Air Refueling Squadron reviewing checklists prior to an approach (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo).
At an airshow I admire the biplanes, the jets, the smoke and the sounds. But the persistence of the pilots to get this good is most amazing.