The Geography of Bliss

September 14, 2014

The Geography of Bliss:  a book that uses a mixture of travel, psychology and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar find joy in all that cash?

A former correspondent for NPR and the “New York Times” Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others in a witty manner, as the essence of what makes us happy (or unhappy) is basically the same everywhere be it Thailand, India, Iceland…


September 10, 2014

Wishing a Paraglider, an advanced Salsa and Folk Dancer, 5 years later ACCA-er… many happy returns of the day :)



Summer 2014

June 30, 2014

This blog usually gets into a summer mode. And this year is no exception. Summer time – time for midsummer night’s dreams and midsummer daydreams ;-) Have a great time!


Sailing with the winds …


June 29, 2014

A real treasure TED Talk by Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen and break away from the seven deadly sins of speaking:

1) Gossips ; 2) Judging ; 3) Negativity ; 4) Complaining ;
5) Excuses ; 6) Lying ; 7) Dogmatism


Click here for link to the TED Talk

And adopt HAIL

  • H – honesty – being straight and clear.
  • A – authenticity, just being yourself.
  • I – integrity, doing what you say.
  • L – love, wishing people well.

Serious Games

June 23, 2014

The Economist: Researchers are learning about language and the brain by offering fun diversions through social networks. Serious Games

FiveBerkeley-based company Five is not delivering a personality test, but guessing the results one would get from a personality test based on Facebook scribblings.

Score or a prediction …

Inventive, Sensitive, Outgoing, Efficient …

And Facebook masks – some being so wicked with pen in hand; and yet utter sweethearts in person. ‘So (conscious or unconscious) Facebook masks skew the results.’

Deciding on a par

June 21, 2014

Ruth Chang’s TED Talk: How to make hard choices. People deciding on a par put their very self behind an option. ‘Here’s where I stand. Here’s who I am’, unlike drifters who allow the world to write the story of their lives.

Hard choices arises because of an unreflective assumption we make about value. Values like justice, beauty, kindness, are not akin to scientific quantities, like length, mass and weight.

Hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition and it is here, in the space of hard choices, that we have the power to create reasons for ourselves to become the distinctive people that we are. ‘Hard choices are not a curse but are God sent.’


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