Final Annotated Bibliography Post

My basic goal is to learn more about happiness and why people think they need to be perfect. This is because everyone either wants to be perfect and/or they don’t like something about themselves. I want to learn about happiness because many people aren’t very happy and I want to know why.

My second priorities are to learn why people act out and treat others like crap.

By May of 2011 I’d like to finish at-least two more books about happiness or why people think they need to be perfect.

A more immediate goal for happiness study is that I want to have reasonably clear and supportable opinions about the following questions:

  1. What would the world be like without money?
  2. If everyone could be the way they wanted to would things be brighter, duller, or would everyone fight to be different?
  3. What would the world be like if everyone was perfect? would there be more fighting to look better?
  4. Would world peace bring more happiness or start something new?
  5. How would unhappy person act if they were the only one in the world to be unhappy?
  6. How would the reaction be if everyone was the way their friends wanted them to be?
  7. How would you react if you were the opposite of what you wanted too be like?
  8. If you could change the person next to you to be “prefect”, would you change everything?
  9. If you could change how happy your spouse is would you? why?
  10. How happy would you be if things were you wanted them to be? or if they were the oposite?

BOOKS: The 10 books on a scale from 1 being the best and 10 being the worst

1.)The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom  

  • Jonathan Haidt
  • 2006 (publication date)
  • this book is nonfiction
  • I haven’t ordered it but I want to by December 19th and get it from the Library
  • Favorable Reviews: Publisher’s weekly, and book list.
  • I think this book will be about

 2.)Gifts Of Imperfection

  • Brene Brown
  • 2010
  • nonfiction
  • I’m am planning on borrow it from my good friend Sarah
  • Favorable Reviews: New York Times, Daniel Pink (A Whole New Mind)

3.)The beauty of different

  • Karen Walrond
  • Nonfiction
  • I’m planning on renting this from the library after I finish Gifts Of Imperfection
  • Favorable Reviews:

 

4.) On Second Thought

  • Wray Herbert
  • 2010
  • nonfiction
  • I plan on getting it on the 19th or 20th with The Happiness Hypothesis at the library and if I like it I will order it off amazon.com

5.) The Happiness Advantage

  • Shawn Achor
  • 2010
  • nonfiction
  • I haven’t ordered it but I will after I finsh On Second Thought
  • Favorable Reviews: Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe

6.)The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

  • Russ Harris
  • 2007
  • nonfiction
  • I plan on ordering this after or during the time I’m reading the happiness advantage
  • Favorable Reviews: Publishers weekly

7.) The Wisdom of Imperfection: The Challenge of Individuation in Buddhist Life

  • Rob Preece
  • 2006
  • nonfiction
  • I plan on ordering this after I finish reading the happiness trap
  • Favorable Reviews: the bookwatch

8.) The Art of Imperfection: Simple Ways to Make Peace with Yourself

  • Veronique Vienne
  • 2000
  • nonfiction
  • I plan on ordering this after the happiness trap
  • Favorable Reviews: amazon.com

9.) The Blessings of Imperfection

  • G. Peter Fleck
  • 2000
  • nonfiction
  • I plan on getting this after the arts of imperfection
  • favorable reviews: library journal

10.) The Imperfectionists

  • Tom Rachman
  • 20
  • novel
  • I plan on getting this after the blessings of imperfections
  • favorable reviews: amazon.com

 

The How of Happiness

Part 1:  Book: __The How of Happiness__  Pages: _100_ to _170_     Due Date:  19 Nov

In the beggining part of the section I read, a Science Lab tests an experiment call “your best possible selves”. What the experiment has you do is you write about how you see yourself in the future. What goals you have, (if you 17) if your going to be married with kids or not, and and anything else you wanted. This stuck out to me because when the people did this experiment after a couple times, some started to realize that their goal wasn’t out of their reach. They could succeed their goals and live they way they wanted to.

Another part in this section that stuck out to me was the Happiness Activity #2: cultivating optimism. This part stuck out because if you have a pessimistic thought then you should think about what good things might come out of this situation instead of all the bad. This could help you if you have a lot of pessimistic thoughts. Sonja Lyubomirky says “if you have one of these thoughts then ask yourself questions like : ‘what else could this situation or experience mean?’ or ‘what lessons can I learn and apply to the future?’

Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk)

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

This reading is just right. It has it’s challenges and it’s easy parts. This reading makes me want to know more about the studies the labs do on happiness. One of my ideas for my project is many to do a study of my own on the class. This is because I want to see how many people are truely happy in my class. I think the next book I’m going to read is “the happiness project”.

The How of happiness

Part 1:  Book: _The How of Happiness___  Pages: _71_ to _100_     Due Date:  12 Nov

In the part that I read the thing that stuck out was that you could choose to be happy or not. Many people I know are unhappy and think that thats just what happens and they can’t change it. But now I know that they have made a chose to be unhappy. If they could just think that they were going to be happy then they just might be. The book said that if you just look at the positive instead of the negitive all the time then maybe, just maybe you might be able to beat the sadness and become a happier person.

This got me thinking about how many people say this and that the book gives reasons why instead of just saying “think happy thoughts and you’ll be ok”. The How of Happiness (in my own words) says that you have to think and confince yourself that you are happy instead of thinking that this is just the way life goes.
Part II:  Write your academic plan for the following week.  Please include:

– Number of pages you plan to read (and it needs to be a good-sized chunk): I think I could read from 100 to atleast 170

– A one paragraph (5-7 sentence) statement that answers the following 3 questions:

1.  How is the reading going?  Too easy?  Too difficult?  Somewhere in between?

2.  What does your reading make you want to learn more about?

3.  Do you have any ideas for a short or long-term project that you’d like to accomplish based on what you’re reading?  Or, can you list one or two other books you’re thinking of reading?

The reading is not easy but not hard. Its hard sometimes when Sonja Lyubomirsky talks about people who were abused when they were young and now are the happiest people she has meet. This is because its sad to hear their stories but the ends always come out in some sort of happy even if the person isn’t happy but working hard to get there. This reading makes me want to learn more about why people are sad or depressed and finding a way to help them become the happiest they could be. I dont have any ideas for a short or long-term project but more books that I would like to read is “the happiness project” by Gretchen Rubin and “Happiness is a Serious Problem” by Dennis Prager.

 

The How Of Happiness

Lyubomirsky, Sonja. The how of happiness: a scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Print.

Book:the how of happiness pages: 35-55 date due:11/5/10

In the 20 pages that I read, Sonja Lyubomirsky talks about what you think makes you happy that really doesn’t. Such as money. Studies show that people that make a lot of money aren’t any happier the people who make the average amount. She also talks about how beauty doesn’t make us any happier if we go to get a make over or surgeries to “fix” what we look like. It only makes us happy temporarily but not for long.

The How Of Happiness- Sonja Lyubomirsky

Lyubomirsky, Sonja. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin Press HC, The, 2007. Print.

   So in the part I read it had a depression scale. It asks you questions about what you feel and how many days that happens. Such as :you felt fearful. And you would rate it 0-3, 3 being 5-7 days and 0 being less then 1 day. There were 20 questions. The most you could score was 60, really depressed, and the lowest 0,really happy. My score wasn’t so good. It was labled as kinda depressed but today I felt like nothing could bring me down. But when I was doing it I was thinking about a couple days ago but not today. That might change it. It tought me that even when they say your depressed you can have your up days.

The How Of Happiness

Lyubomirsky, Sonja. The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin Press HC, The, 2007. Print.
30pages (read all last night. i took some notes too)
 
This book is like a guide to becoming a happier person. Even if you are only alittle bit sad or angry, this book would be great for you. It talks about what you think will make you happier and what doesn’t. There is a selection in the back for people who are depressed.
  I like this book because I can relate to it. I read the selection about depression and the first thing it lists is signs of depression. I felt like some of my friends and family memebers are like that. One is “having trouble sleeping”. There are a lot of people I know that have trouble sleeping but that is the only sign.

The happiness project

Digh, Patti. “Amazon.com: The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun (9780061583254): Gretchen Rubin: Books.” Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2010. <http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Project-Morning-Aristotle-Generally/dp/0061583251/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287081130&sr=1-2>.

This book’s reviews sound like its a great book. The reviews say that it’s enlightening and funny. I think this book will be about the happinees that life brings us. And the sad things that life brings us but to figure it out and work on being better and happier then sitting around moping.

It relates to me because sometimes I should be happy and I’m not. Sometimes I smile but its fake. so I want to find something that would make me realize that I need to smile a real smile and laugh to mean it. No one can be happy nonstop but they can be happy so where they love life even when they have the sad moments.

obesissive scouting

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html This is about a kid going from “torrance student” to impressing scholars.

http://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_this_is_broken_1.html This is about everything being broken and how to fix them.

http://www.ted.com/talks/his_holiness_the_karmapa_the_technology_of_the_heart.html this is about how it isn’t just about technology and design, but technology of the heart.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/larry_lessig_says_the_law_is_strangling_creativity.html this is about how the laws aren’t allowing creativity.

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2015858_2185667,00.html this is about moving foward when the others have left.

http://www.ted.com/talks/aimee_mullins_on_running.html this talks about even prosthetic legs can help you cross the finish line.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen.html this about a whole new touchscreen and type of technology.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13dogfighting-t.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all this is abput animal cruelty and how wrong it is.

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_delaney_wiring_an_interactive_ocean.html this is about building an underwater network.

http://www.ted.com/talks/rob_dunbar.html this is about the climate change and the ocean

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_gallo_on_life_in_the_deep_oceans.html this talks about the bizarre things deep down in the ocean.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html this is about how schools are underminding creativity.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherwin_nuland_on_electroshock_therapy.html this is about how electroshock therapy and how it can help depression.

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/what-would-a-video-study-reveal-about-your-family/?partner=rss&emc=rss this is about people studying family life behind the scenes.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mitchell_joachim_don_t_build_your_home_grow_it.html this is about growing your house out of trees.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jessa_gamble_how_to_sleep.html this talks about how much sleep we need.

http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_cameron_tedxyyc.html this talks about how much power there is in performing arts.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jim_toomey_learning_from_sherman_the_shark.html this is about the wonders of the deep blue.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_degruy_hooked_by_octopus.html talks more about the ocean and the octopus.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/robert_ballard_on_exploring_the_oceans.html this is about the new worlds under the blue that we see as the ocean.

You can’t Define Creativity

I believe everyone is born creative; most people don’t use it and grow from it. Some people learn to draw bodies that are so real you could see every detail and some draw sticks. I draw stick figures and my brother draws mean dragons that blow fire and stick out from the page. I believe that stick figures are they’re own. They can do and be anything. A line could be a whole world waiting to be discovered. It’s a way to express yourself and state what you believe. A stick could be the start of a master piece or maybejust a new beginning. Creativity isn’t just drawing either. It could be writing. Some people would be amazing authors and others don’t believe in themselves so they give up. I believe that everyone could be a great artist or author its just they need to put effort into it and learnfrom their mistakes and focus on achieving their goals. Everyone can draw a rose that might look like a cartoon or one that almost looks real. A turtle isn’t hard to draw in my opinion but some people think that they can’t do it because it doesn’t look like a famous artist’s turtle.  I believe that everyone’s turtle is amazing. Everyone’s drawing is different and unique.Their drawings may seem similar but they have everyone’s own personal touch, even if it’s hard to see. I believe that tatto artists have their own type of creativity. They want to put their drawings on people and some people want to keep their drawingss secret.  I believe that people should be able to do what they believe in. So I believe in doodling and practicing my improving skill. Pin striping will be just the beginning of my joureny to express myself though pictures and photographs.

Navy

 

I think that the people in the navy have a lot of courage. They go and serve their country. Sometimes they die for our protection. They go into help or because they need some sort of education. Also because they think it’s the right thing. I’m not brave enough to go into the navy. But the people who do (such as my friend) are very brave and courageous. They volunteer into the navy. They don’t get drafted. Some people don’t have enough courage but the man and women have a reason and stick up for what they believe in. That is who I think has courage.

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