The happiness effect …

Actually, just looking at this photo and imagining myself in it makes me happy.  So beautiful and serene.  But what inspired this meditatingpost is a terrific article I read on Facebook last week.

It’s about Matthieu Ricard, a 69-year-old monk who’s being called “the world’s happiest man;” and here’s the link if you want to read it.

He believes that when you think happy thoughts, for even 15 minutes a day, you’ll start getting positive results in just Continue reading

Day 58. Daydreaming’s Good

Most people would never admit that they daydream.  We believe we have to always be productive.  So we’re afraid that if we tell people that we daydream, they’ll think less of us.  They’ll think we’re silly.  Immature.  Lazy and unfocussed.  That we’re time-wasters. Procrastinators.  That we never get anything done.

But I read in a New Yorker article that psychologists and neuroscientists believe that “mind-wandering is an essential cognitive tool.  That a daydream is like a fountain spurting, spilling strange new thoughts into the stream of consciousness.  And that these spurts are surprisingly useful.”

A WebMD feature I found, said that “daydreaming can be beneficial in many ways and can, actually, boost productivity.  It can also boost creativity.”

So I feel vindicated.  Because I daydream all the time.  I’ve been doing it since I was a child.  I do it every day.  It helps me relax.  It clears my head.  It’s liberating.  It’s fun.  I imagine all kinds of scenarios.  Some are about my writing, others about my career, in advertising.  Some are about professions I’ve never given a moment’s thought to.

Still others are about how I feel.  How I’d look as a brunette.  If I was Italian, or American Continue reading