Quoterday – The Dangers of Daydream Overdose

The pleasurable act of dreaming seems to let us fulfill our wishes in our minds, sapping our energy to perform the hard work of meeting the challenges in real life. -Gabriele Oettingen - Rethinking Postive Thinking Anyone who's seen the self-help section of a bookstore knows.  Titles emphasizing positive thinking, goal-setting, and visualizing your ideal life … Continue reading Quoterday – The Dangers of Daydream Overdose

Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness

Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. -Jonathan Haidt - The Happiness Hypothesis "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so." I can see the criticism now. "Yeah, but what about people living with objectively horrific circumstances?" "It's easy to … Continue reading Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness

Quoterday – Television: The Entertainment Medium

What I am claiming here is not that television is entertaining but that it has made entertainment itself the natural format for the representation of all experience. -Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death People often implore us to critically consider the values and arguments of media content along with the credibility of creators.  But how often … Continue reading Quoterday – Television: The Entertainment Medium

Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem seems only to be a symptom, a correlate, of how well a person is doing in the world. -Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism Growing up, school programs and television adverts bombarded me with messages to my self-esteem. "You have to love yourself." "Believe in yourself and you can do anything." "I'm good enough, I'm smart … Continue reading Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Quoterday – The Productive Nature of Doing Nothing

Chance, as Louis Pasteur put it, favors a prepared mind. Daydreaming incubates creative discovery. -Daniel Goleman, Focus This is something I need to work on.  I’m terrible at giving my mind permission to wander. It comes from a good place.  Many happiness studies suggest that people are most unhappy when they are unengaged in their current … Continue reading Quoterday – The Productive Nature of Doing Nothing