Posts Tagged ‘School’

New Happy Format at The Bee Blog!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I know, I know… I’ve been a bad blogger lately.  I’ve just been so busy with school and work that I haven’t had enough time to devote to the Bee Blog!

But here I am, back again, and ready to announce a new experimental format for the Bee Blog.

Each post will include:

  • 1 random happy thought found somewhere in the blogosphere
  • 1 random happy photo found somewhere in the Flickrsphere

Do you like this?  Yay or nay?  Let me know!

A Happy Thought from Herminelee:

At work today, I have received an email from a colleague who works in a similar position at another school. It simply says…

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Happy Pic:

From Brad & Sabrina on Flickr.

They Teach Happiness at Harvard

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

An entire industry has been built up around the pursuit of happiness. A stroll past any bookstore window demonstrates the explosive popularity of the feel-good, self-help movements of recent years. And whether these products are genuine paths to ultimate happiness or just pleasure-peddling scams, the trend seems likely to hold.

Now, even the Ivy League is getting in on the act, layering serious academic research onto the pop-psychology phenomenon to develop a “science of happiness.” Known as “positive psychology,” the field was pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania and came to Harvard a decade ago when an elective course on the topic was first taught.

Click here for the full article.

Woo hoo!  Tal Ben-Shahar made it into BusinessWeek!  You do know that Butter Bee Happy’s “write 5 happy thoughts a day” idea came from Ben-Shahar’s book Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, right?  Well, if you didn’t, you do now.  We BBHers LOVE Ben-Shahar!

I think it’s very interesting that Ben-Shahar’s class became so popular at Harvard.  I wonder if it would have had as much or more success at another university that was less academically stressful?   I don’t know anyone currently enrolled at Harvard, but I have had friends who attended Yale, Princeton, and MIT, and they often mentioned how much stress their classes caused them.  I know they were learning a lot and being very productive, but they didn’t seem as happy as some of my other friends who attended more relaxed, less competitive universities.  Maybe students at Harvard needed a class on happiness more than students at other universities needed one.  What do you think?