Archives for the month of: July, 2010

A Twitter link caught my eye today…‘how curious people can be happier’, this was linked to an article about the benefits of curiosity. Curiosity might have ‘killed the cat’, but I find people who are curious to be far more interesting, enthusiastic and responsive people. To quote the article, The Power of Curiosity:

Discover how cultivating an inquiring mind can help you lead a happier, healthier life.

Curiosity, at its core, is all about noticing and being drawn to things we find interesting. It’s about recognizing and seizing the pleasures that novel experiences offer us, and finding novelty and meaning even in experiences that are familiar.

When we are curious, we see things differently; we use our powers of observation more fully. We sense what is happening in the present moment, taking note of what is, regardless of what it looked like before or what we might have expected it to be.

We feel alive and engaged, more capable of embracing opportunities, making connections, and experiencing moments of insight and meaning — all of which provide the foundation for a rich, aware and satisfying life experience. …

There are five important ways that curiosity enhances our well-being and the quality of our lives:

  1. Health
  2. Intelligence
  3. Social Relationships
  4. Happiness
  5. Meaning

The author goes into detail on how you can tune in and awaken your curiosity, things you can do on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to better appreciate the power of curiosity is to start exercising it more consciously in your daily experiences. By doing so, you can transform routine tasks, enlivening them with new energy. You will also likely begin to notice more situations that have the potential to engage you, giving your curiosity even more opportunities to flourish. …

You can read the article, ‘The Power of Curiosity‘, it’s a long article but very interesting.

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I keep on hearing on the radio, Eliza Doolittle’s  new song, Pack up, but never really listened to it, until today. It’s great to hear a pop song with a certain depth, different and provide enjoyment. Love the guys voice singing in the chorus 🙂

I get tired, and upset
And I’m trying to care a little less
And on Google I only get depressed
I was taught to dodge those issues, I was told:
Don’t worry, there’s no doubt
There’s always something to cry about
When you’re stuck in an angry crowd
They don’t think what they say before they open their mouth, you gotta

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me.
Pack up your troubles get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Hot topic,
Maybe I should drop it,
It’s a touchy subject,
And I like to tiptoe ’round the tiff going down,
You got penny, no pound
So if your business is running out
It’s not my business to talk about
They don’t think what they say before they open their mouth, you gotta

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me
Pack up your troubles get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet,
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet , tweet, tweet

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me
Pack up your troubles get Your old Grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Yeahhh yeahhh yeaah
Yeah yeah

You can see the video on You Tube as embedding has been disabled.

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
– Mohandas Gandhi

I came across this on an online dating profile. It stuck in my mind and I kept a copy of it because it was on a man’s profile and I was tired of reading men’s profiles blaming women for the situation they were in.

A special toast for women who refuse to be silenced

Here’s to the women who stand up tall,
to the ones who fight and refuse to fall.
The ones that won’t accept defeat,
no matter how depressed or beat

Here’s to the women size twenty or eight,
and to the older ones that still look great.
To the fair of skin or a flawless tan,
to the ones that flirt like would a man

Here’s to the women who just don’t care,
about their looks or what they wear.
To the sexy ones that dress to kill,
and make the men both sweat and chill.

Here’s to the women who will not cower,
when faced with threat or those in power.
To the young, the old, the big, the small,
and the ones who stand each time they fall.

Here’s to the women who just won’t quit,
and those that shout or throw a fit.
To the sweeter ones that wont attack,
but will find a way to pay you back.

Here’s to you all, I raise my glass,
to the women out there no matter your class.
Drink to yourselves and shout out aloud
“I’m a strong special woman and of that I am proud!”

by Gabrielle Llambias


Other poems worth reading:
My perfect little world by Gabrielle Llambias
Ithaca by Constantin Kavafis

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
– Aristotle