Scallywag

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.

~ Bertrand Russell ~

Archive for July, 2013

Don't panic.Here are some high school study skills that make the job easier.
 

High School And Study Skills In The 21st Century

July 31st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 3 secs

Don't panic.Here are some high school study skills that make the job easier.

Don’t panic.Here are some high school study skills that make the job easier.

You’d think that high school and study skills would have changed drastically over the last 20 years. But education is a ponderous beast. New ideas take an age to trickle through. So what your folks recognize about high school still looks surprisingly similar. Read the rest of this entry »

Go on, you deserve it.
Pleasure is a healthy part of a balanced life.

Pick Your Pleasure

July 30th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 47 secs

Go on, you deserve it.

Go on, you deserve it.

Are you getting enough pleasure in your life? That might seem like an indulgent concept but seriously, pleasure is an important benefit. Read the rest of this entry »

We are our message.
Secrets are no match for integrity.

Beware Of Secret Agendas

July 29th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 16 secs

We are our message.

We are our message.

Talk about secrets! Recently I received an invitation from someone representing an organisation which seemed on he surface to support many of the aspects and values that I promote here on Happy.fm. She (I’ll call her Sue) invited me to link to their site about “The Way To Happiness“, which has a web pedigree going back into the 1980s, which certainly sounded impressive. So I was curious why I hadn’t heard of this organisation before. Read the rest of this entry »

In reall life we make mistakes.
Perfection pretends there are no signs of this happening.

Perfect? No

July 28th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 2 secs

In reall life we make mistakes.

In reall life we make mistakes.

Some people portray a successful existence as a life of perpetual smiles. Nothing ever goes wrong and everyone is always kind. Such are the fantasies we keep. Read the rest of this entry »

I might be bleeding but I can still write.
Bloodshed over this blog.

Bleeding Writers And Their Passion

July 28th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 44 secs

I might be bleeding but I can still write.

I might be bleeding but I can still write.

I’m bleeding. As I write this post I’ve got a blood nose.

But not an ordinary blood nose. It has been bleeding now for an hour and a half. But I figure I can still write. Read the rest of this entry »

Goals help to bring out your best.
 

Doing Your Best

July 27th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 38 secs

Goals help to bring out your best.

Goals help to bring out your best.

When problems overwhelm you it’s best to think things through. Ask yourself that big question: what are you trying to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing how to research isn't instinctive.
There's more to research than looking stuff up.

How To Research The Internet

July 25th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 3 mins, 8 secs

Knowing how to research isn't instinctive.

Knowing how to research isn’t instinctive.

We all know how to use the Internet to find things. But actually: researching ideas? That’s something else altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Rainy days are good for you too.
Diversity does you good, boosting feelings of well-being.

Contrasts For A Happier Life

July 24th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 9 secs

Rainy days are good for you too.

Rainy days are good for you too.

Apart from the big picture issues that underpin happiness, there are a host of little things that can make an appreciable difference. Like contrast.

If you are into taking photos then you’ll know a thing or two about contrast. It’s important to either strike a balance, or go all the way to making the subject stand out. When it comes to turning a picture into something memorable, contrast packs a punch. Read the rest of this entry »

The driver of this car was happy using pliers instead of a steering wheel (pic courtesy of SA Police)
That guy driving next to you might be happy driving without a steering wheel - but it's not good.

Happy Isn’t All Good

July 23rd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 25 secs

The driver of this car was happy using pliers instead of a steering wheel (pic courtesy of SA Police)

The driver of this car was happy using pliers instead of a steering wheel (pic courtesy of SA Police)

Some happiness doesn’t deserve the term. Despite the carte blanche phrase, “Whatever makes you happy [is worth doing]”, some choices are a dismal pick. Read the rest of this entry »

Life reveals what we generally expect.
Preconceptions are a big part of life.

Life Mirrors

July 22nd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 25 secs

Life reveals what we generally expect.

Life reveals what we generally expect.

Much of life mirrors our spirit, and we like to keep it that way. Whether we see people with open curiosity or veiled cynicism, we verify to ourselves that ours is the real way. Read the rest of this entry »