5 Attitudes Wired in Happy and Successful Brains

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I’ve been studying psychology and self-improvement for many years now.

A lot of my research includes getting into the minds of happy and successful people (by asking questions and observing their behavior), and then trying to determine what it is that makes them the way they are.

One thing I’ve noticed about almost every single happy and successful person is that they share a lot of the same attitudes and beliefs about life.

I’ve carefully examined people from all different professions – actors, scientists, comedians, business owners, athletes, musicians, etc. – and often times the one’s who are the most happy and successful are also the ones who share very similar philosophies.

Here are some of the fundamental attitudes and beliefs that I believe contribute to their happiness and success.

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How Tragic Movies Help Us Count Our Blessings

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Why do we like watching movies that make us feel depressed?

This is a question that has long interested psychologists and philosophers, and a recent study published by Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick at Ohio State University may have an answer.

Her research is one of the first attempts to take a scientific approach to explaining why people enjoy fictional tragedies.

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The Information Diet: How to Be a Smarter Consumer of Information

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The main idea behind Clay Johnson’s new book The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption is that we need to monitor the way we consume information in the same way we need to monitor what we eat and drink.

In today’s “information age,” we are constantly being bombarded with facts and opinions from television, radio, cellphones, and computers. In fact, according to Eric Schmidt, a software engineer and executive chairman at Google, every 48 hours there is more content being created on the internet than all the content that was created from the beginning of time to 2003.

That’s a lot of new information being created everyday! And this unprecedented growth of information has both its upsides and downsides.

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How to Love Someone You Don’t Like: Try a “Loving-Kindness” Meditation

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We don’t always have to like someone for us to have love for them.

Sure – it may not be “friendship” love or “family” love or “romantic” love. However, we can have “compassionate” love for anyone, despite any differences or shortcomings that person may have.

Compassion is our ability to understand and sympathize with the suffering of others.

We all suffer in different ways, and we all just want to find happiness. Compassion is the acknowledgement that all humans, at a fundamental level, want the same thing.

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How Much Love Can You Create in an fMRI in 5 Minutes?

In an interesting “1st Annual Love Competition” associated with The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, contestants had 5 minutes in an fMRI machine to love someone as hard as they could.

The brain regions involved in producing the neurochemical experience of love were measured, and the contestant who generated the greatest level of activity in those areas would be the winner.

Here is an excellent short film on the competition along with a background story behind each contestant (and what object of “love” they chose to focus on for the 5 minutes).

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