Monthly Archives: February 2012

happy

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My latest TED discovery (which has over a million views, so it’s not exactly my discovery) is Shawn Achor’s talk entitled “The Happy Secret to Better Work.” Essentially, Shawn explains (while speaking very quickly!!) that our level of contentment is dramatically affected by how our brain perceives our circumstances, rather than the actual circumstances themselves.

Now I don’t really think this is a secret. I have believed in this concept for quite some time. I have watched it play out for good and bad in my own life and the lives of those around me. But I do enjoy hearing that there is empirical data to back-up ideas that I may have previously taken on faith (another example being Brene Brown’s talk on vulnerability).

Shawn even gives a prescription for increasing your brain’s proclivity toward positive interpretations. It’s not rocket science (it includes such stand-by’s as gratitude, exercise and meditation), but he does give specific direction, as well as compelling arguments behind his recommendations.

I’m extremely interested in putting his particular formula into practice and seeing what I discover.

Enjoy.

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movies

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It’s Oscar night and I’m not watching. I can’t actually remember the last time I watched the Academy Awards. I am sure it’s a breach of the entertainment lawyer code of ethics, but I’m truly not interested. I’ll enjoy looking at the red carpet pictures tomorrow, but that’s about it. more…

why

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I haven’t posted in 11 days . . . due in part to my travels to New York and Sonoma last week (both very fun trips!). But I certainly could have written about my trips, so I’m not sure that’s it. I’ve had a certain ambivalence about posting. I haven’t felt compelled to write about anything. But then every day that goes by without writing, I start to question whether I should really be writing a blog. I mean, real bloggers always have something to say, right? And should I really be writing a blog anyway? I’ve asked myself that question a hundred times over the past week and a half and haven’t been able to answer it.

I started to write this blog as an exercise in self-expression. I made a commitment to myself to keep it going for at least 6 months. I reached that milestone in January, but I haven’t reached my goal in terms of self-expression. I don’t feel that I’ve found my voice or my point of view as a blogger. I know this because whenever I read other people’s blogs I find myself wanting to sound more like them . . . when what I am truly seeking is to sound more like me.

So for now, I guess I’m just going to go one post at a time. I’m not going to worry about how often, how relevant, how long, how witty, how wise or how interesting my post is. I’m just going to work on letting my thoughts flow. Less editing, less judgment, more feelings, more transparency.

Geronimo!!!! (Is that still an acceptable, i.e., politically correct, expression?)

united

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Flying back from Jackson, we had a very frustrating experience with our luggage. Essentially, United Airlines left 5 or 6 suitcases in Jackson (including one of ours) because they exceeded their cargo weight requirement. Rather than let us know that they had intentionally left our bag behind, they let us wait for over an hour in baggage claim while they kept telling us it would show up at any moment. We finally gave up and went home, only to be startled awake at 1:30 AM (!!!) by our dogs frantically barking at the luggage delivery man knocking at our front door. In honor of this experience, I thought I would post a couple of popular odes (or laments) to United Airlines baggage handlers. These remind me that our experience was actually relatively painless. more…

jackson

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We spent the last five days in Jackson, Wyoming — skiing, snowboarding, drinking hot chocolate and having snowball fights. Our annual trip to the snow has become a very special family tradition. more…