Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

Make the Most of Your Commute

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
This is #6 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.

Make the Most of Your Commute. How do you spend your commute? Make it positive time. Use it for reading, writing, creative thinking, creative projects, listen to audio books, or, heck, write your own book! If you enjoy your commute, that happiness will spill over into how you feel at work.

This is an idea that I can get REALLY excited about!  Because you know what I love doing during my commute?  Listening to podcasts!  There are podcasts for every subject and genre in which you could possibly be interested.  Audio books are pretty awesome, too.  They’re especially nice for longer commutes.

If you have never tried these two forms of media, you really, really should consider doing so.  You can listen to podcasts and audio books around the house, too, while you complete menial chores, and maybe you could even listen to them at work.

You’ll learn a lot and be entertained. : )

-MJ

PS – My favorite source of audiobooks is Audible.com.  And no, they’re not paying me to say this – I genuinely use and enjoy their books and service.  I wish they would pay me, though. That would be nice. ;)

Happiness Comes Cheap — Even For Millionaires

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

A bar of chocolate, a long soak in the bath, a snooze in the middle of the afternoon, a leisurely stroll in the park. These are the things that make us the most happy, according to new research from The University of Nottingham.

In a study commissioned by the National Lottery, Dr Richard Tunney of the University’s School of Psychology found that it’s the simple things in life that impact most positively on our sense of well being.

The study compared the ‘happiness levels’ of lottery jackpot winners with a control group, using a ‘Satisfaction with Life Scale’ developed by the University of Illinois. Respondents were asked how satisfied they were in relation to different elements of their life, their different mood states explored, how often they treated themselves and what form this took.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t the flashy cars and diamond jewellery that upped the jackpot winners’ happiness quotient. It was the listening to music, reading a book, or enjoying a bottle of wine with a takeaway that really made the difference.

Click here for the full article.