Friday, July 21, 2017

Why Do Your Happy Memories Fade?

Why Do Your Happy Memories Fade?: According to a new study, people overestimate how much they’ll recall from a good time in their life—but there's a way to boost your memory.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Five Skills in the Science of Happiness

A project manager for Van Acker Construction Associates in Mill Valley, California since 2006, Covey Cowan is committed to helping people, as individuals and in teams, succeed. Covey Cowan has studied the science of happiness.

There are several online courses available that teach the science of happiness. One program that was featured in both the New York Times and Forbes Magazine is a website called Happify, which claims to deliver the most cutting-edge research on happiness to its subscribers.

Happify identifies five skills that are essential to elevate mood and produce greater happiness. Savoring life’s sweet and fruitful moments is recommended to increase optimism and alleviate depression. Gratitude is second on the list. Being appreciative and thanking someone promotes self-confidence and well-being.

Aspiring to reach a a goal makes life more purposeful and fulfilling. Generosity is a positive force as well, since the giver can take pleasure in the happiness of others. Finally, empathy allows us to understand the problems of others, and this understanding leads to friendships and a fuller social life.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

They Call Me Musawo

'If you’re living on one dollar per day, thriving is nearly impossible. We asked Joy, a health care promoter for Living Goods, about her experience here.

Years ago, Joy’s husband had been stationed in the army. He died fighting in Rwanda. He left her widowed with a toddler, a baby and pregnant. Thus began the period of her life she called “survival.”

She walked 10km to a charity offering scholarships, for the chance to enroll her three kids in school.Her walking paid off, but only for one child. To eat, a kind neighbor who was HIV+ forged his test results in her name, so she could register at a clinic for free food. She traveled around Kampala, and registered herself at five.

“I have always been skinny, so everyone believed that I had HIV,” she says, raising her forearm and gently circling her wrist with her index finger and thumb, so they touch in the middle. She was ashamed, but with three young children, she was desperate.

Recalling those memories wasn’t easy for Joy.'

To read more click, 'Now I have a name.  Now they call me Musawo.'

The Big Hearted Ice Cream Guy

'As a kid, he sold his drawings door-to-door to neighbors on Colton Street. Many were willing to pay more than the price on the tags he attached to each artwork. At School he sold candy out of his backpack until the principal ordered him to stop. A determined entrepreneur, Karagiannis created a candy catalog with order forms – and sales increased.

Now, at 36, Karagiannis is sold on his city. So much so that he has built his ice cream cart business on serving the underserved.

On business days, Karagiannis and his crew leave the North Buffalo headquarters of Ice Creamcycles pedaling three-wheelers, each pulling an ice cream cart, to destinations on the East Side, West Side and Riverside. There, they sell ice cream and frozen novelties for $1 apiece.

“We’re driving through inner-city neighborhoods,” said Karagiannis, who started his business in 2007.

“When I first started, everyone said I should go to Elmwood Avenue, Thursday in the Square, Delaware Park. But I needed to be right here,” he said during a stop at a street corner in Central Park. “I like bikes. I like joking with the kids and exploring my city.”

With his reflector sunglasses and sneakers the color of a blueberry Popsicle, Karagiannis is a familiar sight in many parts of the city. There, he is known as James the Ice Creamcycle Dude.

But after almost a decade in business, Karagiannis still feels the sting when saying no to a kid who doesn’t have a dollar for ice cream. So he and his drivers keep a stash of freebies to give to children who cannot afford a frozen treat.

Still, nothing is free, he said. So he asks the youngster a math or history question.

Whose picture is this? he asks, unrolling a dollar bill from his pocket. Karagiannis hints heavily until the youngster answers correctly.

George Washington? the youngster says.


You Can Only Get There From Here

“No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” – Alan Watts