I’ve Run Out of Pictures and Ideas

After a lifetime of following school schedules I find it difficult to get much done during the Holiday seasons other than decorating the house and getting presents. Blog posts have historically fallen off this time year, partly because the number of visitors also declines this time of year, whether I post or not.

Unfortunately, Facebook seems like a better alternative than blog entries at this time of year. It doesn’t take much effort to link to an article with a brief comment that summarizes my reaction to current events. And since I regularly check my Scrabble games, it’s easiest to post there.

Besides, I doubt many people that aren’t also linked to me on Facebook are really interested in my views on gun control or on the NRA and their ilk. I’m sure my views are obvious from what already appears in my other entries.

Meanwhile, I’ve developed a renewed interest in “happiness,” and what it takes to be happy, inspired by a course I ran into while browsing iTunes U courses. Although there’s only 10 TED videos, running about 10 hours, each video is complemented by additional sources. I’m sure I have spent more than 10 hours just reading a small portion of the supplemental materials for the first two lectures.

In fact, I’ve spent more than that taking tests and browsing reading materials at the Authentic Happiness site. Much to my amazement, I discovered that I had been there before, apparently to take some of their “happiness” tests. This time around I find myself much more interested, possibly because I’ve spent time wondering if Christmas has lost much of it’s magic as the emphasis has shifted to over-consumption.

Unfortunately, I haven’t quite figured out how to blog on what I’m watching or reading about happiness other than just provide a link to sites. Hopefully all my friends with iPads have already discovered iTunes U and can find the TED course on happiness if they are interested. I’m sure it must be available on other media, too, though I haven’t tried to find it online.

3 thoughts on “I’ve Run Out of Pictures and Ideas

  1. I am not familiar with TED or iTunes U , but am currently retreading a book called The Law of Happiness by Dr. henry Cloud that you may find interesting.

    • TED is a great source of inspirational videos that you can easily find with a GOOGLE search. It’s really not to be missed.

      iTunes U is only available to Apple owners, perhaps just to iPad users, but I’m not sure when I began taking courses there. I bought my iPad in order to take courses.

      I just got two books on happiness for Christmas and another I bought for my Kindle, but I’ll put this one on my future reading list.

      • this is my wife,s I Pad and as you may have noticed I am not very skilled at using it , thus my retreading rather than rereading also as way of excusing my self I woke today at 4:00
        am worked for 8 and half hours, drove home an hour, shoveled another. hope you get a chance to read the book I mentioned , love to hear your comments.

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