Minimalist Miscellany: Happiness, Meditation and Three More

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“But, what if you could deceive yourself into exercising – at least part of the time? For a lot of people, that’s the only strategy that works.”

– Holly Johnson

Today’s Minimalist Miscellany includes stories on becoming happier, meditation for children, tricking yourself into exercise, walkable neighborhoods and making mistakes.

  • Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy begins “There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness: having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But research into happiness has also yielded something a little less obvious: Being better educated, richer, or more accomplished doesn’t do much to predict whether someone will be happy.” Interviewed professor Raj Raghunathan adds that we’re happier if we have an abundance-oriented worldview, not a scarcity-minded approach, and if we avoid tethering our happiness to outcomes.
  • Three Ways for Children to Try Meditation at Home is a short article that offers three meditation exercises to try with your kids at home, no apps required. If you’re wondering why you might want to try these exercises, check out The Mindful Child, which describes some of the benefits researchers have found when studying meditation in children.
  • Some of my readers may recall that I loathe exercising. Seven ‘Cheats’ to Trick Yourself Into Exercising offers some suggestions for people like me. In 2016, I’ve been good about walking 30 minutes a day, but I’m always looking for ways to sneak in a little more activity.
  • Ever wonder why you make the same mistakes over and over again? The Cognitive Science Behind Repeating Mistakes says it’s best not to try to learn from our past mistakes because remembering them encourages our brains to go back to the neural pathway it used the last time – when we goofed up.

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