Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Bio from ted.com:

Graham Hill (@GHill) founded the eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger.com, to help, as he says, “push sustainability into the mainstream,” with a design-forward style and an international, wide-ranging team committed to transforming complex issues into everyday concepts. It’s been called “the Green CNN.” The TreeHugger team was even asked to join the Discovery Communications network as a part of their Planet Green initiative, and Hill now makes appearances on the green-oriented cable channel.

Before Treehugger, Hill studied architecture and design (his side business is making those cool ceramic Greek cups). His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes — think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters.

Hill is the author of Weekday Vegetarian, available as a TED Book on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks.

See all the entries in the Life Edited contest on TreeHugger >>

“You should be allowed to be a modern city dweller and still care about the environment.”

Graham Hill

About the talk:

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

My view:

Short, but effective talk. Love the message.

ratiing: -> 5/6

Beating the Anxiety of Online Reading – Leo Babauta

Great inspiring post from Leo Babauta:

Beating the Anxiety of Online Reading

From the post:

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It’s a matter of letting go, and realizing you can’t ever, ever possibly read 1% of the good stuff that’s out there. It’s absolutely impossible. And so you must let go, or the anxiety will never end.

Trying to keep up is not only impossible, but a great waste of your life. You could be spending some of that time creating, pursuing a dream, exercising, learning a new skill, spending time with a loved one, or taking a nap. Any of those would be better than trying to keep up with everything, or worrying about it.

How do you let go? More below.

 

Check it out: Beating the Anxiety of Online Reading

 

Habit #4 – Learn to say: “Zorro Circle” or “One thing at a time”

This is a very powerful way of reminding us to stay cool and effective when your brain starts to feel overwhelmed.

Zorro Circle

From Shawn Achor’s wonderful book: “The Happiness Advantage:  The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work”

‘When challenges loom and we get overwhelmed, our rational brains get hijacked by emotions.  This principle teaches us how to regain control by focusing first on small, manageable goals, and then gradually expanding our circle to achieve bigger and bigger ones’

Shawn’s principle number 5 is “The Zorro Circle”. It refers to how the legendary Zorro was able to transform from a depressed, inept man into a skilled, powerful swordsman and hero. His secret came when his teacher/master drew a circle in the dirt and told him that he would first learn to fight only from the circle and not until he had mastered the circle could he expand out.

In order to remember this quickly before a really bad emotional hijack occurs, you need a quick response… I’ve learned to say:  “Zorro Circle” to myself.

You could say whatever suits you… the point is to remind yourself to calm down and handle one small thing first..

For all you Johnny Cash fan’s out there.. why not learn to say: “One piece at a time“:

Shawn Achor @ ted.com

ted bio:

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.

He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

His talk:

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

My grade: 6/6

The Creator’s Manifesto – Scott Dinsmore

”A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
– Abraham Maslow

Scott Dinsmore’s – Live Your Legend is one of my fav blog’s.

This post – The Creator’s Manifesto is the best I’ve read from Scott..!

Here’s a taste…

The Creator’s Manifesto:

create |krēˈāt|- verb : Bring (something) into existence. Cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions.

  1. Build things that only you are capable building.
  2. Don’t take inspiration for granted. When it hits, stop everything to capture and create.
  3. Learn what inspires you – the people, the movies, the music, the books. Then spend every second you can around them.
  4. Ideas appear in the strangest places. Pay attention.
  5. Creation comes in every form – relationships, food, art, music, prose, products, services. Notice what you create. What people ask you for. Give that all your energy.
  6. Know your limitations. Build what you’re best at. Leave the rest for others.
  7. There are so many ways you can spend a day, but making new things and adding real value are the only ones that really make a difference.
  8. Stop wasting your time.
  9. Sitting still is the most dangerous action of all.
  10. Welcome the skeptics. Build it anyway.

There is 17 more in Scott’s post -> The Creator’s Manifesto