Most people know the term paparazzi in English. They are are independent photographers who take pictures of high-profile people, such as athletes, entertainers, politicians, and other celebrities, typically while subjects go about their usual life routines, often with intent to sell their photographs to media outlets focusing on tabloid journalism and sensationalism, such as gossip magazines [paraphrased from Wikipedia].
The final assignment for the Science of Well-being course required students to try and develop a week long rewirement assignment into a habit over 4 weeks, then write about it. This need not be a daily habit, as that might take about 3 months from other research, but something done at least periodically each week. The quest for habit development is so that it becomes second nature. Consciously pursuing happiness all the time will drive you crazy, or at least neurotic, as other research has shown that was not mentioned in this course. I confirmed my thoughts on this from content in the free, 10-week course on the Science of Happiness offered by the UC Berkeley on their edX platform that is much more in-depth than this one, but may not as good as this Science of Well-being course for those just wanting a practical overview of the subject matter.
Below is the assignment I submitted. The Bed Time Alarm idea was described briefly in a previous post that talked about the handful of other rewirements I have actually embraced into my life as habits. I had been doing some of them already, or didn’t find them hard to embrace. However, there is a lot more details here, including rationale and measurements, which all good goals should contain to determine progress and/or success.
With this assignment, I have finally completed the course… and happier for it! Yay!
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this course to anybody who cares about their happiness and wants to become happier. A slightly more detailed review is here, plus you can view my posts about the course to see what else was done and how it impacted me, along with other thoughts.
When most people think of eating cereal, they think of getting a box and pouring out some to eat. That’s fine. But if they wanted variety, they usually had to get a variety of cereals and rotated when they ate each. Even then, if you were limited on cereals you were willing to eat, or could eat, like the generally bland, but healthy ones, there’s not a great deal of variety.
Now, what if you were to buy a variety of cereals, but mixed them some of the time you ate them, and not some of the other times? You’d have more variety for the same cost, and some varieties you can’t buy in stores.