The Happy Secret to Better Work, TED Talk by Shawn Achor

The Happy Secret to Better Work, TED Talk by Shawn Achor

and some most favorable quotes:

” What we found is that only 25 percent of job successes are predicted by I.Q. 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat. ”

“..if happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there. What we’ve done is we’ve pushed happiness over the cognitive horizon as a society.”

“..dopamine, which floods into your system when you’re positive, has two functions. Not only does it make you happier, it turns on all of the learning centers in your brain allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.”



#designtoday Compass Coffeetable -“Be Here Now”

As a coffee and travel lover loved this design!

On this “Be Here Now” Compass table all directions show coffee and now 🙂

Sagmeister’s Compass table has 300 embedded compasses and custom magnetic porcelain espresso cups. When you place the porcelain cups on the table, they trigger the compasses underneath and all compasses point to each cup placed on the table.

Find more details here.

Let it flow, let there be clouds at the end of the water, enJoY ♪ ♫

..and start, listen to ♪ ♫  Happy Endings   ♪ ♫ by Faul while starting a joyful weekend.. Happy Friday!: )
thanks to Doctor Milione’s site finally found the lyrics:
“I know things have been a little strange around here lately
because of all the stuff that’s going on outside the house…
you know the pressure, the job, all those things that get way you down…
you know sometimes, just sometimes, you bring that home with you
and I understand, but you know, I want you to stop for a minute
and think about how much we have together”
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#arttoday – watching the “contemplative” tranquility..

Beautiful, tranquil drawing by the German painter David Friedrich, in Hermitage museum! 
The work of 1820s,  reflects Caspar David Friedrich‘s way of using “contemplative” approach, which is a term I liked a lot the while discovering his work and reading about his style, and it definitely matches this drawing – the term contemplative – with the girl and the boy figures we see from the back, looking deeply at the sea..Although not seeing their faces, the drawing clearly communicates the way they are in deep thoughts, lost in tranquility, admiring or getting lost within the nature.The two figures at the back, who don’t seem to belong to the existing timing of the drawing, probably reflect the allegory for which Friedrich was also known for. I am inspired to think they belong to the thoughts of the two figures in front, maybe their fears, maybe what they are leaving behind or thinking to leave behind.Anyway, the landscape itself in the center is both tranquil and as if personalized, communicating to us with the sails and clouds, which attracted me a lot during my visit in Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Below is a quotation from an art website I’ve found and liked a lot while trying to reflect my thoughts on this drawing. I think it matches with this piece a lot and expresses his works quite well!

“To Friedrich, nature was not just a backdrop to fill the space behind portraits, for him nature itself took center stage. He sought the spirituality through the contemplation of nature, extending the bounds of trees, mountains, hills and crashing waves beyond just a beautiful view. They now had significant spiritual meaning.”

Wishing you tranquility and good thoughts in contemplative landscape, wherever you may find it.. 🙂

#justgo Saint Petersburg- definitely a combination of Venice and Paris!

Recalling wishlocks of pont des Arts a Paris- a lovely view of St.Pete canals and bridges at midnight with sunlight:) #whitenights is the time to visit Saint Petersburg, endless walks with daylight and  beautiful and long evening time!

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Also don’t miss the celebrative tradition of watching the bridge openings at night! Starting with the white nights, every night all the bridges are stopped for traffic and opened. Below is one from yesterday night at 01.40 A.M. on Neva River – Dvortsovvy Most bridge.
It’s almost getting dark at 01.40  at night, with people watching both on riverside and on boats for with the bridge boat tours visiting most bridge openings within a 1,5 hour tour!
Saint Petersburg Bridge openings

Dvortsovvy Most bridge opening on Neva after midnight