Day 254: Meditation can change your brain and make you happy

Day 254- Meditation can change your brain

Do you meditate? I don’t, but I want to. I have tried it before but my mind always ends up wandering off to something that happened that day or worse, my mind mentally checks out  my to-do list. This is around the point I usually stop meditating and bring out my to-do list and get lost in the busyness of my day. I’ve heard a few high profile successful people share stories on how their lives *significantly* changed with meditation, but I never really bought it. Not completely. Sure I thought that it probably made them more calmer in the moment but a part of me thought that the benefits of meditation were being hyped up a bit … maybe even a touch placebo.  Listening to Sarah Lazar's  TED presentation 'How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains'  made me rethink  how I look at meditation.  Sarah talks about how when she took yoga classes she really enjoyed the sessions, but wasn't really keen when her teacher started making claims … [Read more...]

Day 14: What I learned from watching Michael Norton’s ted talk “How to buy happiness”

Key to happiness

Money can buy you happiness.  Did you just cringe when you read that or perhaps you nodded your head profusely? Either way  chances are that you would have heard that saying  many times over the years.   Day 14 of my 365 Day of Ted Talks challenge is all about the connection between money and happiness and I discuss Michael Norton's Tedx presentation "Money can buy happiness." Can money buy me happiness? Michael Norton has a message to share and that is that yes, money can buy you happiness, that is of course,   if you spend it the right way. What's the right way? Well, Michael says that spending your money on other people will in return buy you happiness.  The presentation references an experiment run at the that University of British Columbia  that involved giving a group of participants an envelope with a small amount of money. Half the group were told that they needed to spend the money on themselves and the other half were … [Read more...]