weekend reading:

h e r e ' s  t o  h a p p i n e s s
"One of the very first things we teach people in economics, and business and statistics and psychology courses is how - in a statistically valid way - do we eliminate the weirdos. How do we eliminate the outliers? Which is fantastic If I'm trying to find the ... average.
But if I'm interest in potential. If I'm interested in your potential for happiness or productivity or energy or creativity, what we're doing is creating the cult of the average with science.
If we study what's merely average we will remain merely average." Shawn Achor 
  • Hysteric by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sounds like every happy feeling I've ever had. 
  • "Find someone that makes you want to smile and puke at the same time" - Ryan O'Connell on Thought Catalog's How to Love Somebody
  • a mug featuring a favorite line from Pride and Prejudice: how shall I bear so much happiness
  • Rick Hanson, PhD says that focusing on the positive can actually change how we think  
"There's an expression in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means that new patterns of thought can actually change the physiology of our brains" Oprah Magazine, Learning How to Lighten Up 

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  1. i love this list.
    now i want to watch 500 days of summer and put yeah yeah yeahs on repeat
    and read.
    have a great weekend :)

    1. chrissy, I listened to that Yeah Yeah Yeahs song at my desk like sixty times in two days. I can't get enough of it!

  2. Don't get rid of the wierdos! Please no.

  3. Love these posts, as always. And that picture is perfect - you can't NOT smile when you look at it!

    1. that picture makes me smile too - especially because it's a little out of focus because I was laughing so hard.

      and I'm so glad you read these (it's always hard to know when you do a link list)

  4. love this post! thanks for the links! (your first line cracked me up!!)

  5. that positive psychology talk blew my mind. i'm probably going to watch it a zillion times. thanks again!

    1. it was too good not to share. I've been trying to pick something positive to focus on every morning. On Friday it was a trimming of willow branches in my window sill. Glad you like it, Bethany!

  6. My cousin bought me the Pride and Prejudice mug, and every time I use it I'm filled with a little breath of happiness. It's the little things...


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