“Happiness Hacks” are quick and easy ways, based on scientific research, to lift your mood. We are compiling them into a book, but want to share them here with you.
“In the 1970s, a professor of psychology named James W. Pennebaker began experimenting with the effects that talking, confessing and self-understanding had on human well-being. Nearly 30 years later, he and his collaborator, Joshua M. Smyth, a professor of behavioral health and medicine, produced a body of research that found the emotionally connective and relieving effects of expressive writing to promote self-understanding, ease emotional pain and aid in physical healing.[viii] Since their book, Opening Up by Writing It Down, was published in 1997, their findings have been corroborated by other scientists’ independent studies around the world.”
The 2016 edition of their book explains that expressive writing:
• Offers those who either don’t wish to talk about their feelings or have no one to confide in a way to unburden themselves
• Reduces stress, fear and isolation
• Boosts immune systems, optimism and sense of connectedness
• Allows minds to process, organize and understand their experiences and feelings, enhancing learning and memory
“When expressing themselves in writing, people often report that they feel safe. They are actually creating an artifact—one that symbolizes some of their thoughts and feelings but is not them. With that safety, people often find they can put things down on the page that are often hard to speak about, and explore the deeper truths that we all carry with us.”
“The writing itself is a “made thing”—something with weight and substance. Therefore, it has a place in the world and you become identified with that creative construction. For many people, this gives them a way to bootstrap out of negativity and to start to identify themselves in a powerful and positive way.”
- fast-casual, adj.: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant offering dishes that are prepared to order and more expensive than those available in a typical fast-food restaurant
- cakeage, n.: (informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves
- beer o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer
- hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
- wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine
- snackable, adj.: (of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily
- barbacoa, n.: (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has slowly been cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.
- cupcakery, n.: a bakery that specializes in cupcakes
“I love a mouthful”
The Two-Way challenged their colleagues to see who could use the most new additions in a single sentence. Here’s Lauren Hodges, THE WINNER!!!
“Hey bruh, NBD and I don’t want to bants or act all butthurt, but I will straight-up rage-quit our lease over your fur-baby, who is rly not awesomesauce, despite your repeated attempts to mansplain its resting bitch face as “pensive,” or its constant theft of my frozen barbacoa burritos because it was hangry and craving something melty even though you get all cheffy for it three times a day, or its butt-dialing my ex because you didn’t see my phone sitting there while you were getting it to kayfabe all over the table for your rando friends, or my swole eyes being from my constant celebrations of beer o’clock and wine o’clock because we both know that dog manspreads all over my pillows when I’m not home, so stop with your weak sauce deradicalization and attempts to make this a skippable topic and by the way, you might want to get it to stop chewing my shoes before it gets hit on the head with this mic drop, mkay?”
For the complete list of new words – tech related, silly, political/social developments AND other mouthful-entries click HERE
Don’t think that because I picked out only the food related new words to share with you I am a rando (randa?), mkay?
The FREE bag . .
I sent my Human to some Creative Expression to reduce her stress It worked. Since she’s returned I’ve gotten many more doggie treats than ever.
I do have some observations though.
The first day She got a bag for attending. She was all excited that she got a FREE bag and then sloshed paint all over the bag as soon as she got home.
FREE?? I think the paint smells got to her since the workshops cost money, used up a tank of gas, paid for parking and for two days didn’t see any clients . . . .
Next day I sent her to a “Lettering” workshop called Oh My Word. All she had to show for it was this teeny little handmade practice booklet and (here we go again) a bag of “FREE” Faber Castell lettering pens which she’s been carrying around with her like a bag of gold.
I should have sent her to a SPELLING workshop
Shaking my head in disbelief
I wish for walks in the park, dream of cookies and believe my Human is losing it.
Oh, my word, Here Come More doggie treats! Gotta look up another creative workshop to send her to . . . If you know of any let me know ASAP to keep those cookies comin’. (She stresses out very quickly).
Her intension is definitely In TENSION