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All forms of laughter are not desirable

The recent suicide of famed actor and comedian Robin Williams surprised many people. How is it possible that a man with a heart of gold, the king of comedy who could make anybody laugh, one who had what so many aspire to, fell into depression and drug abuse and eventually killed himself?

This reminds me of the story of Frank Ferrante, an overweight guy with deep spiritual wounds and an enormous sense of humor who laughed lots, made others laugh, but still felt like dying. The jokes were on him, all self-deprecating. Truth is, Frank hated himself.

Unlike that of Robin Williams, his story has a happy ending though. Watch this:

Before

After

Here is the full story (By Robert C. Koehler)

Frank Ferrante, an overweight guy with deep spiritual wounds and an enormous sense of humor, thought he was signing onto a sort of vegan life fix: 42 days of raw foods, a shot of liquefied wheatgrass every morning, exercise, weigh-ins, holistic medical exams, weekly colonics, daily affirmations. And then all of a sudden he’d be thin and happy.

But transformation isn’t a technical fix. What Frank learned — and what we learn as well as we travel the journey with him in
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The happy planet index

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

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If you’re happy and you know it … let the government know

By Sebastien Gendry Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a panel of experts in psychology and economics, including Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, began convening in December to try to define reliable measures of “subjective well-being.” If successful, these could become official statistics.
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If you’re happy and you know it … let the government know

By Sebastien Gendry Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a panel of experts in psychology and economics, including Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, began convening in December to try to define reliable measures of “subjective well-being.” If successful, these could become official statistics.
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

If you’re happy and you know it … let the government know

By Sebastien Gendry Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a panel of experts in psychology and economics, including Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, began convening in December to try to define reliable measures of “subjective well-being.” If successful, these could become official statistics.
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

If you’re happy and you know it … let the government know

By Sebastien Gendry Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a panel of experts in psychology and economics, including Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, began convening in December to try to define reliable measures of “subjective well-being.” If successful, these could become official statistics.
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

Academics really not happy about having to be happy at work

By Sebastien Gendry Here is a rather-unexpected-but-not-really-surprising news from Australia: RMIT University staff will fight against a new behavioral code that demands they promote positivity and show passion at work. Why? …Ms Gale said the code threatened the ability of academic and professional staff to carry out their work. ”We’re talking about a university community. People are supposed [...]
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

Academics really not happy about having to be happy at work

By Sebastien Gendry Here is a rather-unexpected-but-not-really-surprising news from Australia: RMIT University staff will fight against a new behavioral code that demands they promote positivity and show passion at work. Why? …Ms Gale said the code threatened the ability of academic and professional staff to carry out their work. ”We’re talking about a university community. People are supposed [...]
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

Academics really not happy about having to be happy at work

By Sebastien Gendry Here is a rather-unexpected-but-not-really-surprising news from Australia: RMIT University staff will fight against a new behavioral code that demands they promote positivity and show passion at work. Why? …Ms Gale said the code threatened the ability of academic and professional staff to carry out their work. ”We’re talking about a university community. People are supposed [...]
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  

Academics really not happy about having to be happy at work

By Sebastien Gendry Here is a rather-unexpected-but-not-really-surprising news from Australia: RMIT University staff will fight against a new behavioral code that demands they promote positivity and show passion at work. Why? …Ms Gale said the code threatened the ability of academic and professional staff to carry out their work. ”We’re talking about a university community. People are supposed [...]
Source: AMERICAN SCHOOL OF LAUGHTER YOGA  







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