13 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be A Happier Person

Posted by Megan Willett & Meredith Galante

on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:21

laughing-girlsYou have the power to make yourself happier.

That's what we learned from 13 scientific studies that discovered small changes we can all make to improve our outlook on life.

From writing down the good parts of your day to simply smiling, here are a few proactive steps you can take towards becoming a happier you.

Spend money on other people.

Spending money on other people instead of yourself makes you feel happier, a study published in "Psychological Bulletin" found. 

spend-money-on-other-peopleThe study concluded that "the happiest people were the biggest givers, no matter what they earned." They always felt better donating to charities and giving to others than splurging on themselves.


......all the rest are lined up for you to read .2-13 HERE



Master Chef: 11 Tips For Grilling The Perfect Steak At Home

Posted by Daniel Goodman - Business Insider

on Monday, 08 July 2013 15:48

Hot Summer Nights & Great Steaks! This master chef tells you exactly how to impress your stomach & guests.....

A Master Chef Shares 11 Tips For Grilling The Perfect Steak At Home


There is nothing better than a steak done the right way.

Earlier this year we met Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, a classic American-style steakhouse, who shared some of his key grilling tips.

He showed us how to select the right piece of meat, how long to cook it for, and how to take care of your grill.

Chef Lomonaco walked us through some of the important terms and concepts you need to understand to cook delicious steaks right at home.

The terms "prime meat" and "dry-aged" really do matter when it comes to quality.


.....read tips 2 thru 11 HERE



Vote for Michael's daughter as Canada's Next Sportcaster

Posted by Administrator

on Thursday, 04 July 2013 11:49

Courtney CampbellOur friend and mentor Michael Campbell's daughter Courtney is a finalist in SportsNet's search for Canada's Next Sportscaster and she needs your vote!
Go to www.drafted.ca and click on Courtney H. or go to her Facebook Page.
Forward to a friend, LIKE her page and vote often! You can vote everyday!



Money Actually Buys Happiness "But not in the way you think."

Posted by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton - Harvard Business Review

on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 16:36

imagesResearch shows that more stuff does not make you happier, but regularly giving to people without does make you happier.  Why?  Because empathy is strong in humans and you feel better when you cultivate it and act upon it.

How Money Actually Buys Happiness

by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton | 12:00 PM June 28, 2013

Warren Buffett’s advice about money has been scrutinized — and implemented — by savvy investors all over the world. But while most people know they can benefit from expert help to make money, they think they already know how to spend money to reap the most happiness. As a result, they follow their intuitions, using their money to buy things they think will make them happy, from televisions to cars to houses to second houses and beyond.

 The problem with this approach is that a decade of research — conducted by us and our colleagues — demonstrates that our intuitions about how to turn money into happiness are misguided at best and dead-wrong at worst. Those televisions, cars, and houses? They have almost no impact on our happiness. The good news is that we now know what kind of spending does enhance our happiness — insight that’s valuable to consumers and companies alike.

Buffet recently penned an op-ed titled “My Philanthropic Pledge” — but rather than offer financial advice about giving, he suggested we give as a way to enhance our emotional wellbeing. Of his decision to donate 99% of his wealth to charity, Buffett said that he “couldn’t be happier.”

But do we need to give away billions like Buffet in order to experience that warm glow? Luckily for us ordinary folks, even more modest forms of generosity can make us happy. In a series of experiments, we’ve found that asking people to spend money on others — from giving to charity to buying gifts for friends and family — reliably makes them happier than spending that same money on themselves.

And our research shows that even in very poor countries like India and Uganda — where many people are struggling to meet their basic needs — individuals who reflected on giving to others were happier than those who reflected on spending on themselves. What’s more, spending even a few dollars on someone else can trigger a boost in happiness. In one study, we found that asking people to spend as little as $5 on someone else over the course of a day made them happier at the end of that day than people who spent the $5 on themselves.

Smart managers are using the power of investing in others to increase the happiness of their employees. Google, for example, offers a compelling “bonus” plan for employees. The company maintains a fund whereby any employee can nominate another employee to receive a $150 bonus. Given the average salaries at Google, a $150 bonus is small change. But the nature of the bonus — one employee giving a bonus to another rather than demanding that bonus for himself — can have a large emotional payoff.

Investing in others can also influence customers. Managers at an amusement park were unable to convince patrons to buy pictures of themselves on one of the park’s many rides. Less than one percent purchased the photo at the usual $12.95 price. But researchers tried a clever variation. Other customers were allowed to pay whatever they wanted (including $0) for a photo, but were told that half of what they paid would be sent to charity. Now, buying the picture allows the customer not only to take home a souvenir, but also invest in others. Given this option, nearly 4.5% of customers purchased the photo, and paid an average of more than $5. As a result, the firm’s profit-per-rider increased fourfold.

Warren Buffett, happiness guru. Just as we have taken his advice on making money, research suggests we should now take his advice on making happiness. By rethinking how we spend our money — even as little as $5 — we can reap more happiness for every dollar we spend. And Buffett’s happiness advice comes with a financial payoff as well. By maximizing the happiness that employees and customers get from every dollar they receive in bonuses or spend on products, companies can increase employee and customer satisfaction — and benefit the bottom line.



13 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be A Happier Person

Posted by Business Insider

on Monday, 01 July 2013 08:05

laughing-girlsSimple tricks to make your life better. 

You have the power to make yourself happier.

That's what we learned from 13 scientific studies that discovered small changes we can all make to improve our outlook on life.

....read it all HERE


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