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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 11/14/14

Sometimes (especially when you’re in education and the end of a very busy term is near), all you need for Friday to be happy is, well, for it to be Friday.

But here’s a handful of other reasons for me.

1.  Spyro, my quite friendly “granddog.”

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2.  An incredible array of “Visual Essays,” created by my first-year students at SCAD.  As I explained in a recent post, after we read two books, The Alchemist and Happier, the students created/made an essay rather than writing it.  Here’s one such project, titled The Real Alchemist, by Douglas De Carvalho Martins Silva from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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3.  The simple, delicious beauty of fall.

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4.  Beach mornings.

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(Amelia Island, FL last weekend.)

5.  Hot, running water.

Let’s all follow Victor’s advice and be Real Alchemists this weekend by creating some joy for ourselves and others.

 

Happiness Question #10

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Today in my English 123 (Composition) classes at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), I started a new daily segment I’m calling “Dr. Saye’s Top Ten Happiness Questions.”  In my courses this term, the students and I are examining the Popular Psychology concept of Happiness Studies.  We are reading Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment and Paulo Coelho’s incredibly bestselling novel/fable, The Alchemist.

And we’re having So Much Fun.

But before I ask you my Happiness Question #10, I invite you to quickly watch this somewhat insane YouTube video:

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Seriously?

Here’s Happiness Question #10, which if you will incorporate into your life, I give you a money-back guarantee that you will be happier!

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

Try saying it out loud:

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

If you want to live a life of joy, your answer may be that it’s really not all that important.

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Ask it the next time somebody pulls in front of you in traffic.

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Choose Joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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