Do experiences make people happier than material possessions? It’s the first sentence on the research report prepared by Leaf Van Boven, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Thomas Gilovich, Cornell University. And according to the outcome of their research, they’ve found out that experiences beat material possessions by far. How and why? Here’s the explanation. Let’s say you have bought your dream house or … Continue reading What would make you happier?
One of my highschool friends mentioned last week in our WhatsApp group a book that she read. The name of the book was; Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. As it sounded quite interesting, I decided to read it. But when I checked our library, I have found out that there was a waitlist for it. … Continue reading What is your Ikigai?
It seems like patience is the name of the game these days. More so than it used to be before this whole COVID-19 situation came into our lives. Now, you need to wait for almost everything you used to get in a blink of an eye. Most probably, you are trying to take care of some things that you used to outsource in the past. Like in … Continue reading Exercising patience during the pandemic
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival) celebrations. For the year of 2020, the main zodiac element is Metal, and the animal sign is Rat, therefore, 2020 will be the Year of the Metal Rat. According to the Chinese Astrology connaisseurs; Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year for almost all Chinese … Continue reading Year of the Metal Rat will bring Prosperity
The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. ― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project What does the word selfish mean to you? It’s not a positive word, right? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, selfish is: “concerned excessively or exclusively … Continue reading Selfish, Selfless or Selfful?
Did you know that you guarantee to manifest anything you want by feeling grateful for having it? Wait, what? How would that work? You do not have it, yet you feel grateful for having it? Well, it does. And yes, it’s true. If you can trick your mind to feel grateful for having something that you don’t have yet, but you want to possess very … Continue reading The Secret to Trick Your Mind into Manifesting Whatever You Desire
There are so many negative words floating around us. “Hate” is one of them. My close friends and family members know very well that I am allergic to that word. I do not use it and I do not like people around me using it. Most people use and overuse some words without even thinking. Most of them are redundant words, such as the word … Continue reading Remove the word “hate” from your vocabulary
The Thanksgiving holiday takes place in November in the US, but the Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend. It occurs every year on the second Monday in October since 1879 and celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Millions of people in Canada will be celebrating this important holiday with their families and loved ones. I think this is one of the best … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
Who knows you better than yourself? Nobody. Who are you the most honest with? Yourself. Who keeps all your secrets? You. Then who is your best friend and confidente? Again, you. That’s why you are too important for you to ignore or neglect. Your mental and physical health has utmost significance in terms of the quality level of the life you live. To provide yourself … Continue reading Me, Myself and I
Children, especially toddlers, love to imitate their parents. They want to wear what their parents wear, they want to talk the way their parents talk, they admire their parents so much so that, they think whatever their parents do is the best (until they become teenagers, at which point their parents become the least knowledgeable source for them for a long while). That’s exactly why … Continue reading Plant the seed – teach your kids to meditate