HOW TO USE THIS LIST:

  • Below are the fourth 10 insightful ways to be happy.
  • For the next 2 weeks you will receive 10 more each week.
  • Watch one video or read one article or two each day.
  • If you are too busy to do this every day you are probably not happy (enough)!
  • Save them as bookmarks to read later or look them up on my blog.
  • Enjoy.

31. Stuart Brown: Play is more than fun
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.
Stuart Brown’s research shows play is not just joyful and energizing — it’s deeply involved with human development and intelligence. Through the National Institute for Play, he’s working to better understand its significance.
32. Don Norman: 3 ways good design makes you happy
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Don Norman studies how real people interact with design, exploring the gulf between what a designer intends and what a regular person actually wants. His work has resulted in some classic books, including “The Design of Everyday Things.”

33. Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology
Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, strength of character and optimism.
His website.

34. Eva Zeisel on the playful search for beauty
The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life.
The legendary Eva Zeisel worked as a ceramics designer — whose curvy, sensual pieces bring delight and elegance to tabletops around the world.

35. Rob Forbes on ways of seeing
I love Rob! I have a similar way of looking at things when I travel or walk the streets. I usually take photographs of things people don’t even see.
Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, shows a gallery of snapshots that inform his way of seeing the world. Charming juxtapositions, found art, urban patterns — this slideshow will open your eyes to the world around you.
Rob Forbes founded Design Within Reach, the furniture company that brought high design to the general public.

36. Rick Warren: A life of purpose
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life,reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book’s wild success. He explains his belief that God’s intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.
Pastor Rick Warren is the author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. His has become an immensely influential voice seeking to apply the values of his faith to issues such as global poverty, HIV/AIDS and injustice.

37. Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview
Hans is the kind of guy whom I’d have loved to have as a teacher. Because he makes something very dry become alive. And he is graphic, original and funny. Well and smart of course. You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”
Check out his others talks on povertyglobal population growthreligions and babies, changing your mindset, how the washing machine revolutionized the world.
And here is his website for more amazing stuff.

38. Nick Vujicic – watch this and I dare you not to love life!
Nick is a very special guy who has no arms and legs but can hold you, grab you and not let you go! He shows you that you can do anything. Anything!
He will make you never complain about anything ever again. And you will live your life with the hand you’re dealt with. Here’s his website.

39. Norman Cousins – Laughter as a cure for illness.
Cousins, the respected editor of the Saturday Review, had been given six months to live. He’d been diagnosed suddenly with life-threatening ankylosing spondylitis, a painful, degenerative disease of the spine. Cousins, who was in constant agony and quickly succumbing to paralysis, checked himself out of the hospital, which in his view “was no place for sick people” and into a hotel where under the supervision of a doctor, he began taking extremely high doses of Vitamin C punctuated by a regimen of intense belly laughter.
His book ‘Anatomy of an Illness was also turned into a movie.
Related articles: Healing cancer through laughter– Laughteryoga.

40. Babies.
This video ALWAYS gets me laughing. And looking at how many views it got, laughter spreads. So get your daily dose here.
Or here. Or watch this baby wake up to his favorite song. Or babies who sing and lipsync metal.