They are two ordinary but quite special young guys from Germany. Right now, they´ve entered the USA – and will soon stop by a place near you. Their plan: completing a road trip from “sea to shining sea” (and back). And while on their way, the need YOU!
Chris and Michael plan to do a lot of crazy sh.t on their trip – and they would like to interview 1,000 people while on the road to find out what “the happiest lifestyle” is. Personally, I suspect they are going to find more than one – but let´s leave that up to them.
Via this link, you can find all the relevant info on their project: Why they do it, where they will be travelling, and how you can help them on their way (Do you want to be interviewed? Do have 10 bucks to spare? Maybe invite them to Chipotle?)
While on their way, they are going to shoot lots of videos to share their experience. But let the kids speak for themselves – and enjoy!
Somewhere in an outlying district of our emotional continuum lies the emotion of awe. In one of the rare academic papers on that subject, researchers Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt write: “Two appraisals are present in all clear cases of awe: perceived vastness and a need for accommodation, defined as an inability to assimilate an experience into current mental structures”.
I repeat: perceived vastness and the inability to assimilate an experience in to current mental structures.
I´m pretty sure this is just what happened to singer/producer Pharrell Williams when Oprah Winfrey showed him a montage of videos from all over the world that portrays people dancing to his tune – and just being happy.
Isn´t that great? Being touched by realizing how you´ve been able to touch millions and millions of lives? To quote my hero Esa Saarinen: Good job, Pharrell!
By the way: If you´re interested to see how the Little Guru grooves to Pharrell – here you go:
You know, sometimes life is just plain good. This morning, Lisa Sansom, a MAPP alumna, posted a link to the Facebook group on Positive Psychology that she runs. It´s a piece on the Forbes website that discusses the impact of Positive Psychology on psychotherapeutic work and mentions the websites of some other MAPP alumni, e.g., Emilia Lahti and Samantha Boardman.
So I put a link to that article on Twitter:
And a couple of hours later, I found this reply by Giovanni Rodriguez, the author of that article:
That´s how it goes! I guess Adam Grant would be very proud of us… :-)
Sometimes, you coincidentally run into things – and you instantly have a flash of insight that profoundly deepens your understanding of a specific facet of human life. This so happened when one of my fellow Mappsters, Hayley Goldenthal, shared a link in our MAPP 9 Facebook group. It´s a collection of 50 pictures displaying quotes and aphorisms on “the good life”. Here, I´m going to share with you No. 9 of that collection:
It´s about the ancient Japanese art of Kintsukuroi (or Kintsugi) which basically is “fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.” And I thought to myself: This is probably the best metaphor that I´ve ever come across for the process of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), a research area that – although it might seem non-positive at first look – lies at the heart of Positive Psychology.
Nietzsche used to say “What doesn´t kill me makes me stronger!”. While I totally agree with him, Kintsukuroi can tell us that our suffering, struggles, and hardships can also render us more profound, unique, and beautiful…
I´m a little bit lazy with writing these days – or rather, I´m busy busy busy with other pleasurable issues. So instead of writing something myself, I´d like to point your attention to a nice overview article on Positive Psychology on Time Magazine. It´s contains lots of links for further exploration…
For German speakers:
Yesterday, I gave an introductory presentation about Positive Psychology at a business club in my hometown in Germany. I´ve uploaded the presentation to Slideshare.