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Dr. Andrew Weil: The Pursuit of Happiness | Big Think Mentor

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In his Big Think Mentor (http://goo.gl/kVXvR) workshop on Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Andrew Weil teaches a program designed to protect and enhance emotional well-being through a holistic approach to retraining body, mind, and spirit. In this workshop, you'll learn to: - Take a holistic and realistic approach to unlocking "spontaneous happiness." - Integrate Eastern and Western approaches to positive psychology. - Use specific breathing exercises and meditations designed to develop mindfulness - Optimize your diet to support emotional well-being - Build physical habits that support emotional well-being The word happiness, derived from a Norse root meaning luck or fortune, encapsulates the essential flaw in how most of us go about looking for it. We tend to view happiness as an all-or-nothing, potentially permanent state, and as something that's visited upon or snatched away from us by chance. Lost your job? You're unhappy. Just fell in love? Happy. The idea that "true happiness" is of a uniformly high emotional pitch, and our tendency to expect it from external things ironically ends up causing us a great deal of suffering. The holistic health practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil, along with most psychologists these days, more often uses the term well-being, which recognizes that a wide range of emotions are possible and perfectly normal in a psychologically healthy person. Weil goes even farther, citing research that suggests that the common, non-crippling form of depression, usually treated as a pathology, may actually be an evolutionary adaptation that helps people with focus and problem solving. In Spontaneous Happiness, his five-part workshop for Big Think Mentor, Weil teaches a program designed to protect and enhance emotional well-being through specific lifestyle changes. You'll learn to: - Take a holistic and realistic approach to unlocking "spontaneous happiness." - Integrate Eastern and Western approaches to positive psychology. - Use specific breathing exercises and meditations designed to develop mindfulness - Optimize your diet to support emotional well-being - Build physical habits that support emotional well-being
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"Happiness" is a mythical destination that remains permanently out of reach. So why not just improve your life one step at a time?
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Human Emotion; Professor June Gruber, Yale University 00:00 Chapter 1. Introduction to Lecture 01:00 Chapter 2. Dark Side of Happiness? 13:41 Chapter 3. Take-Away Questions 14:14 Chapter 4. Expert Interview This course is part of a broader educational mission to share the study of human emotion beyond the boundaries of the classroom in order to reach students and teachers alike, both locally and globally, through the use of technology. This mission is generously supported by, and in collaboration with, the Yale Office of Digital Dissemination and the Yale College Dean's Office. This series was recorded and produced by Douglas Forbush, Lucas Swineford, and the Yale Broadcasting and Media Center. Course website: http://www.yalepeplab.com/teaching/psych131_summer2013/index.php
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What makes us happy? Is it a genetic trait that we are stuck with, or a product of events unfolding in our living? Does it help to be rich? What can be done to overcome set-backs and and improve our sense of well being? The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-pursuit-of-happiness Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. http://www.gresham.ac.uk
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Sure happiness is great, but what about groundbreaking yet tortured artists and unhappy but principled workaholic reformers? And is the theory of positive psychology fodder for governments to make citizens responsible for their own happiness despite
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Bestselling author Bruce Feiler shares the secrets of family happiness in Big Think Mentor's latest workshop: http://goo.gl/UUuToS Bruce Feiler is one of America's most popular voices on family, faith, and survival. He writes the "This Life" column about contemporary families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers. For his new book The Secrets of Happy Families (http://goo.gl/WsBj1W), he sought out the most creative minds from Silicon Valley to the country's top negotiators, from the set of Modern Family to the Green Berets and asked what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his own wife and kids. In this Big Think Mentor workshop, you can discover... - How to plan effective weekly meetings - How to conduct regular family meals - How to handle family fighting - How to speak with your family about finances - How to talk to kids about sex - How to have a stress-free vacation
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The pursuit of happiness is essential and vital to our culture, but there is a risk that it turns into navel-gazing. Question: Is western culture too fixated on happiness?Dacher Keltner:  It is an obsession, isn't it?  This obsession of unhappiness and there's a historian, Darrin MacMahon, who wrote a wonderful book on the history of happiness.  It's one of my favorite books on happiness and recently he said, you know, only in America can this, an obsession with happiness make you unhappy, and it's this, you know, you have this feeling that there's perhaps there's a little too much reflection on happiness. And I think there's a very interesting philosophical point alongside that comment which is does this very willful strategic pursuit of happiness bring you happiness?  And we don't know.  I think that the pursuit of happiness is essential and vital to our culture.  It's guaranteed in our constitution, the right to the pursuit of happiness and we know from 250 studies in the social and biological sciences that as you cultivate happiness, you become healthier, you become a better neighbor, a better community member.  You're more productive and creative at work.  You're stronger in your family, with your friends.  It's a good thing to go after and we're lucky that we can, but everything has its excesses and I think there is a risk that it turns into navel-gazing and the one thing that I really felt in writing Born To Be Good is that we risk as our culture defining happiness in terms of sensory pleasures, wow, this is a delicious wine, or in terms of exercise or in terms of personal gratification.  That's a longstanding tradition in western thought, that happiness is economic gain and what I'm trying to encourage is its more social dimension to happiness where you bring out the good in others.

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