He Painted Happiness

Today, still cloudy.  View just outside Le Havre’s wonderful MuMa gallery. ‘My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly’said Raoul Dufy, the fabulous artist from Le Havre. That was not all he erased, as his brother Jean would learn to his horror. Painting happiness Born into a huge Le Havre family, brothers Raoul (b.1877) and Jean Dufy (b.1888) were adept at ignoring the grim and grimy of their busy hometown , focusing on sunlight and colour, as their enchanting paintings show. Le Havre was then a major port for people starting new lives in New York and New [...]

Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by the Society

The concept and design of this exhibition at Musee d’Orsay is based on the essay by Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society.  In late 1946, Pierre Loeb (1897-1964), founder of the Galerie Pierre in Paris, suggested to Artaud that he should write about Van Gogh, believing that after a nine-year stay in a psychiatric hospital he was eminently well qualified as an artist to write about a painter deemed to be mad. Artaud was in the process of preparing his works for publication and was not enthusiastic about the project. He was spurred to action by the [...]

Bad Students

So I was a bad student. Every evening, I would head home with school snapping at my heels. My reports testified to my schoolmaster’s disapproval. When I wasn’t bottom of the class, I was second to last. (Champagne all round!) At first severe spelling difficulties, rebellious when it came to memorizing dates and places, incapable of learning foreign languages, and with reputation for laziness (lessons not learned, homework not done), I brought home pitiful results unredeemed by music, or sport, or indeed any extra curricular activity. I was an object of amazement, and continual amazement at that, as the years [...]

Happiness and Gratitude

A Man Wakes Up in the Morning

“A man wakes up in the morning and decides to go fishing. He goes to the dock, sits down, pulls out his fishing net, and throws it in. On the dock, there is another fisherman who seems to be catching quite a few fish. With every fish this fisherman catches, he takes it to the side of the dock where there is a ruler. After measuring each fish, he keeps some and throws back others. After observing this behavior for some time, the first fisherman approaches the other fisherman and says, “What’s up? Why are you throwing some fish back [...]

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

There’s no room for adventure and excitement in your comfort zone; in fact, over time you might feel overwhelmed and trapped by boredom and fear. Perhaps it’s time to stretch those limits a little! Not only will your life become more exciting, but you’ll also build confidence and improve your luck.  1. Make a fool of yourself. One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don’t want people to think you’re weird or rude or creepy or obnoxious or annoying, do you? But wait — think about the most [...]

Happiness Checklist by Aaron

I keep this list handy, so that when I find myself feeling down, I don’t have to think about what to do to get back up. I often find that after doing just a couple of them, I’m already feeling better and ready to take on the world again. – Music – I love reggae, jazz, and ambient electronic (somafm.com) – Meaningful engagement with friends and family – I like to ask questions and let them tell me stories.  Light stuff, but intentional and meaningful. – Water – 1 liter+  At least a full glass as soon as I wake [...]

The Habits of Happy People

1. They surround themselves with other happy people 2. They smile when they mean it 3. They cultivate resilience 4. They try to be happy 5. They are mindful of the good 6. They appreciate simple pleasures 7. They devote some of their time to giving 8. They let themselves lose track of time (And sometimes they can’t help it) 9. They nix the small talk for deeper conversation 10. They spend money on other people 11. They make a point to listen 12. They uphold in-person connections 13. They look on the bright side. 14. They value a good mixtape 15. They [...]

Some Good Advice

The author of the blog called sherzyang recently shared her tips on making life good: It is an effort comprised of many actions. I don’t think life is fair all the time, but I do think it will eventually show you in some way if you are getting away with being less than your best self. It’s an attitude, it’s a discipline, it’s a compassion, it’s a sense of self, it’s a commitment to follow-through. It’s preparation and execution. It’s not genius, but a willingness to learn, change, and move on. It’s taken me all my years to begin to learn how [...]

Top 10 Lessons Learned In Traveling The World 10 Years

Benny Lewis has been traveling the world for 10 years. In his blog he writes: THIS year (2013) I celebrated my TEN year travel anniversary with a much more visual representation of the top ten lessons learned in travelling the world, including the absolute best footage from my travels, and you can hear me speak out the lessons directly to the camera. Here it is. Enjoy! Happiness has no price tag. Be an imperfectionist. The magic happens outside of your comfort zone. The world owes you nothing. Get busy living. Every single person is fascinating and can teach you something. It is Ok [...]