Ten Troubling Habits Of Chronically Unhappy People by T. Bradberry

Ten Troubling Habits Of Chronically Unhappy People by T. Bradberry

10 Troubling Habits Of Chronically Unhappy People by T. Bradberry

Excerpts:

…Happiness has much less to do with life circumstances than you might think. A University of Illinois study found that people who earn the most (more than $10 million annually) are only a smidge happier than the average Joes and Janes who work for them.

Life circumstances have little to do with happiness because much happiness is under your control—the product of your habits and your outlook on life. Psychologists from the University of California who study happiness found that genetics and life circumstances only account for about 50% of a person’s happiness. The rest is up to you.

….Unhappy Habits

…Some habits lead to unhappiness more than others do. You should be especially wary of the ten habits that follow as they are the worst offenders. Practice emotional intelligence and watch yourself carefully to make certain that these habits are not your own.

1. Waiting for the future. Telling yourself, “I’ll be happy when …” is one of the easiest unhappy habits to fall into. How you end the statement doesn’t really matter (it might be a promotion, more pay, or a new relationship) because it puts too much emphasis on circumstances, and improved circumstances don’t lead to happiness. Don’t spend your time waiting for something that’s proven to have no effect on your mood. Instead focus on being happy right now, in the present moment, because there’s no guarantee of the future.

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Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

I was looking up information about the Irish abortion referendum debates recently, which is how I came across actor Chris O’Dowd’s name in the news and on some of my social media accounts.

O’Dowd is somewhat hypocritical or inconsistent on a few different topics. This is yet another one.

Here is the link I came across:

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd brands disgraced Harvey Weinstein a ‘pig’ and wishes he could ‘time travel a head-butt’ after working with producer several years ago – The Sun, by 

Excerpts from that article, which is dated October 2017:

The comedic actor [O’Dowd] said he was completely unaware of the string of sexual harassment claims against the 65-year-old when he worked with him a number of years ago

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Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including Pop Band U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll no doubt have to say it again in the future, but celebrities really should keep their political views to themselves – and I’dd add they should keep their view on highly controversial, inflammatory topics, such as abortion, to themselves as well.

Before I address the annoying public celebrity commentary and support of a controversial issue, to get you up to date here is a link or to about what I’m discussing in this post:

Ireland abortion referendum – the key facts

On May 25 Irish people will vote on whether to relax the country’s strict abortion laws.

Irish abortion referendum: voters on both sides prepare to head home

Ireland divided ahead of abortion referendum

May 2018

Ireland’s strict anti-abortion law was enshrined in its constitution in 1983. No exceptions are made for rape, incest or foetal abnormality, but a later amendment does allow women to travel abroad for a termination.

The vote takes place on May 25th. If the current law is repealed, abortions will be allowed up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in most cases and up to 24 weeks if the women’s health is at risk.
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Which brings me to this:

Irish Celebrities Publicly Supporting Legalized Abortion

Irish celebrities have been turning up in the news to support the legalization of abortion in Ireland the last few weeks.

At first, I saw mentions of Irish pop band U2, but as of today, I’ve seen a few mentions of Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (who last I heard is residing in a Los Angeles home that he apparently paid around $870,000 in cash for, yet complaining at one time that some of the movie roles he’s accepted don’t pay enough!!), also publicly speaking out in support of abortion.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Why Prequels Are Killing The Art of Storytelling by S. Rose

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Why Prequels Are Killing The Art of Storytelling by S. Rose

Similar arguments have been raised by other authors regarding how and why reboots and remakes and sequels are killing good story telling and Hollywood box office.

(I first saw this article by way of  Hollywood- In-Toto’s Twitter.)

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Why Prequels Are Killing The Art of Storytelling

Excerpts:

We’re all excited to see Chewie hit the hyperdrive and test drive the brand new Millennium Falcon, but when the stars turn to streaks of light in Solo: AStar Wars Story, we’ll be in reverse gear.

We’re going back: back to 1970s-retro sci-fi aesthetics, back to characters we know better than they know themselves, and back to a story whose intricacies are all but irrelevant since we already know the consequences.

You might have been getting this feeling a lot recently. Going to the movies is starting to feel like being Guy Pearce in Memento: instead of forming new memories, we’re discovering what happened before.

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Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

This is written from a Christian perspective, but I don’t think one has to be a Christian to necessarily glean and profit from some of the concepts the author raises.

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You by Patricia Rayborn

I am not 25 anymore, or 45, or even 65. But God doesn’t care. It’s Monday and my phone is ringing. My email inbox is full. My workload is steady. The harvest is ripe, as the Good Book says, and God has work for me to do. That’s the biggest surprise to me about getting older: God doesn’t worry about age. He needs willing workers.

My biggest life questions aren’t about whether I will dye my hair, buff my thighs, or get a Botox shot.

Instead, I’m simply asking: Am I still willing to work for God and not stop?

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From Vulture: Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked – O’Dowd Appears in Two on the List, and the Reviewer is Not Impressed with the Films

From Vulture: Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked – O’Dowd Appears in Two on the List, and the Reviewer is Not Impressed with the Films

Chris O’Dowd appeared in at least two of the movies on this list – and this is largely a negative list. The guy who put it together is not impressed with many of these Netflix movies.

The film “Cloverfield Paradox” makes it to Vulture’s list at number 96 – O’Dowd had a role in that. O’Dowd was also in the film “The Incredible Jessica James,” which appears on the list at number 62.

I’ve already mentioned on this blog a few times the issues I take with O’Dowd (such as here, here, here, here, and here – among other posts), and I also have a longer post where I’ve critiqued most of his movies to date.

O’Dowd said in an interview once that after his role in “Bridemaids’ – which was both a quality role and a pretty good film – that he was offered a selection of mediocre romantic comedy roles, which he turned down.

Big mistake.

O’Dowd went on to reject mediocre rom coms (movies which I, and many others, find okay to watch) for really hideous, awful, stupid or vulgar movies in which he plays completely unappealing, tacky, or vulgar characters.

O’Dowd should have skipped those Z-grade, poor quality movies and taken the rom com roles. A mediocre rom com beats a cruddy, poorly made Grade-Z horror or comedy film any day of the week.

In mathematical notation of sorts:

Second Grade Rom Com Movie > (greater than) Lousy Movie

Why would an actor make the horrible decision to reject appearing in mediocre, yet serviceable, enjoyable rom com movies, to appear in Grade-Z level dreck that nobody liked and/or that went straight to NetFlix?

O’Dowd had a built-in fan base with women such as myself at one point, who enjoyed the hell out of his Rhodes character in Bridesmaids, but totally blew that capital on choosing to appear in these awful movies, and by behaving like a crass or condescending jerk, in interviews or on social media. Totally blew it.

Every Netflix Original Movie, Ranked

Excerpts:

This post was originally published in November 2017. We have updated it with Netflix’s recent offerings.

Netflix has spent the last few years and several billions of dollars on a crusade to be taken more seriously.

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WWII Veteran to Graduate College Nearly 70 Years After His Last Class

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class: “I never thought I’d live to see this. It’s a miracle!”

WWII veteran to graduate college nearly 70 years after his last class

May 4, 2018

It’s been almost 70 years since Bob Barger last sat in a classroom, but the World War II veteran will finally receive his college diploma this weekend.

The 96-year-old former U.S. Navy pilot will graduate Saturday with an associate degree in technical studies from the University of Toledo in his hometown, the school said.

He is believed to be the oldest graduate in the university’s history.

“I never thought I’d live to see this,” Barger said in a recent interview with ABC station WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. “It’s a miracle!”

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