Friday, February 3, 2012


I came across a video today that completely inspired me. For awhile now I've been interested in positive psychology and how it relates to happiness because, let's face it, it's just more pleasant to be happy. This is absolutely up my alley because there's just something fascinating about the mind (says the girl who majored in psychology.)

If you've never heard of TED talks, I highly recommend them. They are wildly inspiring and as it says, ideas worth spreading. This particular talk I came across from a man named Shawn Achor and it's truly amazing. If you have 12 minutes to kill, it's worth watching, even if you're not interested in this stuff, he's pretty humorous:

If you don't have time to watch it here's the jist: There are things you can do to re-train your mind and by doing so have a brighter outlook on life which leads to better performance and ultimately happiness. The research showed it makes a difference when done every day for three weeks.

1. Write down three things you're most grateful for.
2. Exercise
3. Journal about the most meaningful thing that happened to you in the last 24 hours.
4. Meditate
5. Write something positive to someone in your social support network.

I've always been one to write in a journal, but never really with much of a purpose other than to keep track of what happened in my life, bad or good. I think it would be great to try this with a goal in mind.

So as not to leave you with absolutely no knitting, or fiber related anything, I'll show you some progress I've made on the merino/alpaca spinning I've been doing.

It's so luscious, I can't wait to knit with it!


  1. A gratitude journal is a great tool when you need to remind yourself that things aren't as bad as they seem, (or really anytime). You really do start seeing things differently.

  2. I love journalling, I work in mine every day and it really does make a positive difference in my life. Good to know I'm not the only one who loves TED talks. : )

  3. It really does feel good to be positive! It's not always easy, at least for me, but I think the effort pays off! The ideas here are fantastic, and I can see how it would help to implement these small changes. As far as exercise... all I can think of is the movie Legally Blonde, "“Exercise gives you endorphins--endorphins make people happy and happy people just don't shoot their husbands... they just don't.” :-D

  4. I discovered Ted Talks a few months ago, but hadn't seen this one yet. Thanks for telling us about it! I stopped journaling, but this makes me think it would be a good idea to start back up again.

    And your spun yarn looks lovely. Merino and alpaca is such a nice combination!