Category: Happiness

Downtown LA Art Walk

Last month my friend invited me to walk the Art Walk Downtown LA, which is organized every second Thursday. http://downtownartwalk.org/galleries/ Jenni from Pasadena organized the walk and gave us the maps. There were 48 galleries and a bunch of outside murals, like Claudio Ethos mural. 1. At first we visited MIA, Machine Inspired Art on 530 Main Str. Christopher Liang, Mia’s photographer, showed us downstairs where they create art. There were quite interesting things like wooden pictures embroided at different depth, metal clocks designed as city landscapes, and more. 2. Our second stop was Los Angeles Center for Digital Art [...]

10 Tips For a Healthy Life From The World’s Oldest Person

Deep in the heart of Japan’s countryside lived the oldest person in the world.  His name was Jiroemon Kimura and on Wednesday, he died at 116. I had a chance to meet Kimura on the brink of his 115th birthday in a tucked away seaside village of southern Japan, a half-day journey by train from Kyoto City. This pristine region called Kyotango, bordered by jade coastlines foaming onto pine-blanketed hills, was home to a startling number of human beings who had stood the test of time. In Kyotango alone, there were 54 centenarians, three times the national average in a [...]

Strength in What Remains

I just finished reading “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder, the author of “Mountains beyond mountains”. I highly recommend this book as it refers to both African (Burundi) and American (New York City) cultures. The plot: “The son of a poor Tutsi farmer in Burundi, third-year medical student Deogratias barely escapes the carnage when genocidal conflict between Hutus and Tutsis spreads from neighboring Rwanda in 1993. He flees to the United States with the help of a wealthy friend, but what he finds is a far cry from the American Dream. With only $200 in his pocket and little [...]

May Update

We all know about TED talks, right? It is Ideas worth spreading.So Fred is mini TED in Santa Monica. It is run by Steve Glenn, the founder and CEO of LivingHomes. LivingHomes’ mission is “to create homes and communities that inspire people, foster family and community interaction, and make modern life easier, healthier and more comfortable — all in ways that compliment and enhance the municipalities and environments in which we work.  We hope our products will set a standard for the positive impact they have on soil, water, energy and health – and we’re using the Leadership in Environmental [...]

April Update

Recently I received an invitation by IVHQ to volunteer in Bali. I volunteered with IVHQ in Vietnam three years ago and had a great experience. I taught six female students in a shelter in HCMC how to use OLPC computers and the Internet. Even though Facebook was officially banned in Vietnam at that time, we opened Facebook accounts to keep in touch when I go back to the US. Today they are all on FB, even though they don’t speak English well and I can’t speak Vietnamese at all, I’m glad we are connected. I see their pics and posts [...]

March Update

This month Julia Fedotova recognized our site as the “Online tool for depression treatment” in her school research.  Julia is taking “Psychological Treatment Research” class at Harvard University this semester and finishing her Master’s degree in Psychology. This class is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of basic concepts in psychotherapy research, including the history of psychotherapy, basic methodological issues in studying therapeutic change (group and single-case designs, measuring change, reviewing progress), major approaches to psychotherapy (for example, CBT, psychodynamic, experiential), and psychotherapy with special populations. Prerequisites: introductory psychology and abnormal psychology. (4 credits) PSYC E-2455 Psychological Treatment [...]

February Interview

Ben Tao from MyTreat interviewed me about Santa Monica New Tech Meetup group: Tell us more about your Meetup group, Santa Monica New Tech. Why did you decide to start it? How is it different from other tech related Meetup groups? When I relocated to LA from the East Coast one year ago I was looking for a group with monthly pitch events similar to Boston New Tech.  I didn’t find it, so I started one in Santa Monica.  I wanted to be a part of the LA Tech community to network and find a technical co-founder for my startup, [...]

January Update

Happy New Year 2013!  The Ultimate Answer participated in the Fred Talk on Jan 2, 2013. The topic of the presentation was “Hector and the happiness formula”. “Once upon a time there was a young psychiatrist called Hector who was not very satisfied with himself… Hector works with patients, who don’t necessary suffer from any psychological disorders but are simply dissatisfied with life and are clearly unhappy. He can’t help them and that is beginning to depress him. Hector takes a trip around the world to learn what makes people happy-and sad. As he travels from Paris to China to [...]

December Story

So the world didn’t end on Dec 21, 2012 as someone predicted, and the story below is a good reminder on what is important in the rules of living: “There was a man who spent his whole life robbing banks. He was a criminal genius who could easily break through the most sophisticated security systems. When he died an angel greeted him and showed him around. the man thought, “Wow, this is a great place! there is food; there’s a spa. Nice sleeping accommodations. There is everything I could ever need.” But eventually he became bored.  He sought out the [...]

November 2012 Update

I felt compelled to participate in Quora’s discussion “Why are some people more resilient than others?” Please, share your comments either here or at http://qr.ae/8Loot. My answer: I took Psychological Resilience Class PSYC-E-1018 led with Dr. Shelley Carson at Harvard Extension School in Jan 2012. Criteria: a prerequisite for resilience is adversity. A consequence of resilience is positive adaptation or growth. Resilience is a combination of risk and protective factors throughout life. There are many pathways in and out of resilient behavior; you have to have risk factors and protective factors. “From developmental PPath studies protective factors are: Within the [...]