When not to supersize it

harvard on happiness
April 5, 2006, 3:11 pm
Filed under: culture, happiness

I came across this npr story on course Psych 1504 offered at Harvard. This class is also known as "Positive Psychology". Seemed like a counter cultural thing to teach in our information gluttonous society :-). I like the fact that the professor took himself of the tenure track to stay happy and that his name is Tal Ben-Shahar's which sounds really cool :-)!!

Here are his tips for happiness. (Go here for the actual news item)

  1. Give yourself permission to be human.
  2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning.
  3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependant on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account.
  4. Simplify
  5. Remember the mind-body connection.
  6. Express gratitude, whenever possible.

As I was reading through this list I realised that I had been working recently on 4-6 especially 4 and 6. How about you?

thanks to workhappy.net for the link.


February 28, 2006, 7:30 pm
Filed under: bangalore, culture, information, world

I came across this post from alarm:clock earlier today, talking about the changing culture in Bangalore. I remember staying at the Park back in early 2002, the now famous I-Bar had just opened in Bangalore. It was packed for the first few weeks with most of the americans and europeans working in Bangalore. Since I was already at the Park I decided to go down and check it out. I was apparently so entranced with seeing a modern bar in Bangalore that I literally walked into the glass doors of the bar. Kinda like the dude in the new windex commercial. Anyways, having attracted more attention than I can handle I beat a hasty retreat with a lemon sized lump on my forehead. Ah the memories 🙂

Btw, if someone from Park is reading this. Guys clean up the website.

  • if you have the hottest bar in the city. Give it an awesome website, build a blog around it, people will want to check its online presence so give them something.
  • There is not much you can do about google caching your old site but pay attention. I initially found this page with broken links and then this page which is newer. Just a fyi.. 🙂

Cultural differences
February 24, 2006, 10:31 pm
Filed under: culture, world

Let me give you some background. This monday I started working for a new company. I am person number five here. The other four have been working together for a while now.

This is a big change for me. I have spent all of my short professional life so far steeped in companies spouting Geoffrey Moore, Tom Peters and if they had any sense Seth Godin and the cluetrain manifesto.

My current company is a cool company, they sell behavioral curriculum to schools. I like what they do, I believe in their product and i truly believe that this has the potential to have a lasting impact on the society which is why I joined them as “technology dude”.. 🙂 .  Sorry for the tangent but the point is we are not exactly what you would call a high tech company.

So earlier today I was  trying to impress upon the rest of the team on the value of having an internal wiki. As I was pointing out the community advantages of a wiki, I noticed that the three grown up men around the table were laughing red and rocking in their chairs. Apparently the cause of this unstoppable mirth was the fact that I uttered the word “wiki” and I said that its value was in sharing. For some reason, fully grown texan men who have not spent their life around high tech revert to puerile humour on hearing the word wiki :D. It just went downhill from then on.. all it took was for one of them to bleat wiki and the other two were rolling on the floor. sigh.. :-/

Funny thing, I have not felt this sense of cultural disconnect since I first came to the US from India. I am glad I have these guys to work with. Helps keep life in perspective :D.

Have a good weekend!