Category Archives: Positive Psychology

Charles Dickens Quest Quote – The March Choice

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens This reminds me of being a kid and curling up in those warm spots in the sun amongst dry, old leaves. Then walking […]

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Which Intelligence is More Important, the First or Second? (Costa Rica Tales)

I traveled recently in Costa Rica, trying to navigate public transit and shopping for food in a Spanish speaking country. I last studied Spanish over a decade ago. So this was a chance to try out both intelligences. The Persian poet Rumi says the first intelligence is, “one acquired, as a child in school memorizes […]

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Rumi and the Second Intelligence

Rumi and the Second Intelligence, that sounds like an 80s band doesn’t it? I spent the last month focusing on what the poet Rumi calls the ‘second knowing’. I’m familiar all my life with the first intelligence – the one that gathers and acquires, the IQ workout. But “this other intelligence” is one that I […]

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A Positive Perspective on Flying with EVA Airlines and Personal Care

I’ve been flying regularly for work for almost 20 years now. In that time I’ve noticed a clear and steady trend by airlines and the entire passenger flight industry – from TSA on. What is it? Steady erosion of the quality of the flight experience. It’s probably all in the name of ‘maximizing profits ’ […]

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A Positive Perspective on Flying with EVA Airlines and Technological Innovations

I’ve been flying regularly for work for almost 20 years now. In that time I’ve noticed a clear and steady trend by airlines and the entire passenger flight industry – from TSA on. What is it? Steady erosion of the quality of the flight experience. It’s probably all in the name of ‘maximizing profits ’ […]

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Werner Herzog’s Two Tips to Hone Intensity and Appreciation of Beauty

My favorite documentary film-maker is Werner Herzog. Some of his films have profoundly changed how I view life and art. If you’re curious, check out any of these four: Grizzly Man, Wheel of Time (2003), Grizzly Man (2005), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010). Here are Werner Herzog’s […]

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Prince On the Value of Working From Joy

“I feel good most of the time, and I like to express that by writing from joy. I still do write from anger sometimes, like in ‘Thieves in the Temple’ [from Graffiti Bridge]. But I don’t like to. It’s not a place to live.” -Prince in a Rolling Stone interview from 1990 We experience all […]

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Director Alejandro Iñárritu on Birdman and Laughing at Tragedy

  “Sad music, I always thought, is more beautiful than other music, but at the same time, I am in my personal life a very happy guy. I have a sense of humor. I am not the kind of depressed guy all the time brooding. No. I am very enthusiastic about things. And that’s why, […]

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Bobby Broom on Carrying on a Legacy

“I remember being in my twenties and not being sure about whether I wanted to be a jazz musician or not. But at some point during my thirties, I began to realize what an honor it would be to be a representative of the legacy of this great cultural gift and to try to carry […]

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If not happiness and fulfillment then what?

In the last post I suggested that there is nothing more important than your happiness and fulfillment. The next question to ask then is, “If I’m not placing happiness and fulfillment at the center of my endeavors, what is there instead?” The answer to this question can be sobering – it is for me! But […]

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