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Does SM Make You Happier?

Social media

‘New’ things always attract criticism. Social Media is/are no longer new, but there are still plenty of pundits that will tell you that SM is bad. They did that with the use of biros in schools (spoils handwriting), and fast food (unhealthy).

Confusing the ‘new’ thing with how people manage to get into difficulty when using it is an error in thinking. Still, some of it is relevant. Coming back to SM, I’ve met quite a few people lately who can’t break the habit.

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Selective Optimism for Pessimists

optimism for pessimists

There are advantages to optimism that are worth considering, but some people are put off because they don’t want to be disloyal to negativity.

Optimism and pessimism are generally seen as opposites, but that doesn’t mean they are mutually exclusive; learning optimism does not mean abandoning negativity. If that is what turns you on, stick with it.

If you tend towards a pessimistic outlook, how about learning selective optimism? That way you can get the benefits and still be true to your negativity.

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Work-life happiness

There’s life and there’s the job, right? Wrong. Instead of treating work and home as disjointed parts of the same existence, Anna Tims suggests a change in perception rather than a change in circumstances, and so re-infuse our lives with greater purpose and fulfilment. Work is not necessarily the enemy if it is managed correctly, and it can all be achieved without you having to trek through rain forests, climb a mountain or wear sackcloth.

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How to Still Your Mind

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The easiest way to think about not thinking is to start doing. Taking steps to become more aware of our physical experience is one way, but there are others. I’ve published a one-pay handout which you can download free.

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A Quandary About Decisions

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When you can’t decide you have already decided that you can’t make a decision, which is in itself a decision.

It takes a strong-willed person to be undecided, and it may have unexpected consequences.

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Sleep is Sacred 2

how much sleep? sleep well

Sleep deprivation is said to start when we get 10% less sleep than we need. We now sleep 20% less than we did before Thomas Edison had his light-bulb moment.

A lot of people complain of poor sleep and losing sleep is bad enough, but feeling bad about it just makes things worse. The stress and worry about how loss of sleep will affect us the following day is enough to keep anyone awake at night!

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