There are tons of articles and videos and books that tell us how we can be happier, and regular lists of the “happiest countries in the world”. But as I heard someone say the other day, it’s often easier to avoid things that make us unhappy than it is to pursue things that supposedly make us happy.
So here’s a video from CGP Gray about how you can be miserable. How many can you avoid?
- “Be the equivalent of a human pile of laundry.”
A good acronym / mnemonic device:
- VAPID goals vs. SMART goals
“When you are well prepared, the body responds like a force you never knew you had.”
This is my favorite line from this short film called “Marathon” about a man named Julio in NYC, an immigrant from Ecuador whose goal is to place first in his age group in the New York marathon. The audio is in Spanish, with English subtitles. (from Aeon videos)
This funny short film was made in two weeks, using only an iPhone and an editing app that costs less than ¥2000. An inspiration for something creative to do during your summer vacation?
From Open Culture, with a title suggesting we should be using our smart phones for more than selfies, and including some constructive criticism in the comments section.
About very talented and very determined young boxer and her father:
My favorite lines:
“I want to help him, and I want to help myself get better.”
“I never ever ever ever ever — maybe like a hundred evers — think that anything is too difficult for me.”
“Regardless of how it turns out in the future, you’ve got to do something that you love to do. And you master it.
But I also really get his occasional apprehensive looks when she’s talking.
Silva mentions Claressa Shields towards the end of the video, when she’s talking about her long-term goals. Here’s an article from NPR about Shields, with audio and a transcript: “After Second Gold, Boxer Claressa Shields Looks Ahead To What’s Next” (from August 2016)