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We are a group of educators and web professionals dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge about happiness and depression prevention. We provide science-based information on life skills and habits needed to enhance well-being, build resilience against depression and anxiety, and pursue a meaningful life. We manage a multimedia educational platform, as well as various hybrid, online, and onsite educational programs, focused on happiness and psychological well-being.
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• Provide science-based information on the life skills and habits needed to enhance well-being, build resilience against depression, and pursue a meaningful life.
• Draw attention to the remarkable links between ancient wisdom and the new science of happiness.
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Altruism - giving without expecting something can make you healthier
In an article in Psychology Today, Atalanta Beaumont mentions how altruism is benefiting health with an easy example: "Today as I queued to pay for my supermarket shopping, the women in front of me asked if she could use a certain voucher and was told no. "Can you use this?" she asked me. "It runs out in a day and it's £5 off your shopping." "Yes, thanks, I could." "Go ahead, then," she said, handing me the money-off voucher. "Thank you so much," I said, but she had gone. She had done me a completely altruistic good turn with no expectations for herself, and all day I felt good will toward my fellow human beings because of this selfless act. It reminded me of the concept of pay it forward, which I love." Even though this is a perfect example of altruism, many people still believe that a "materialistic" gift needs to be involved. Confucius would have most likely describes altruism as "REN" 仁， probably best described as humanity or benevolent love for the other. I remember, as a young Boy Scout, to be told "every day o good deed" and that's what we have lost in our society. Altruism can be lived without money, without materialistic belongings, try to help an old lady over the street, don't expect something, but show gratitude if she gives you one of this wonderful, full hearted and warm looks or smile. Try it it will make a difference to you day. ... See MoreSee Less
How far does money reach up the hierarchy of needs? According to this article there are signs that show it might reach up to the actualization level. Ed Diener and Martin Seligman state "For example, although economic output has risen steeply over the past decades, there has been no rise in life satisfaction during this period, and there has been a substantial increase in depression and distrust", American Psychological Society (2004). It seems that money can definitively help to fulfill the basic needs stipulated by Maslow. However, money is "relative happiness" it comes and it goes and doesn't fulfill our basic needs for a meaningful life. As Victor Frankl so rightly stated: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ... See MoreSee Less