22 March 2012

from Lawrence, Sunday PhiloMadrid meeting: The meaning of happiness + lots of NEWS

Dear Friends,
David has kindly penned some of his ideas on: "The meaning of happiness" for this coming Sunday.
In the meantime I'll start with some news that is still pending:
-----------Carlos - Lawrence Barón & Francisco Díez Pelaez ----------------
Lunes 26 de Marzo de 2012 a las 20:00 horas
A las Conferencias de:
Lawrence Barón, titulada: Filosofía Materialista y Libertad
(En inglés, traducida), Y
Francisco Díez Pelaez, con título de Reflexiones acerca de la Libertad
Lunes 26 de Marzo de 2012 a las 20:00 horas
Café Comercial
Glorieta de Bilbao nº7 (Madrid)
Miguel has asked me to share the link with you for his latest Album: YOU http://miguelpalomo.com/music.

regular messages from friends below
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
Metro: Bilbao
The meaning of happiness
I intend to plan the meaning of happiness, seen this concept in a double approach,either by
experiencing positive emotions or by lacking from negative ones.
People think that achieving happiness might depend from one´s lifestyle,that is,whoever that
accomplishes to have certain material things in life is supposed to have the chance to be happy.
However, it is not only that happiness might depend from inmaterial things as much as material ones,
if not more.
It seems as well that a positive general attitude towards life might drive us to have those material
things that are supposed to help us being happy.
As most of us have been undergoing bad experiences in our lives I'd rather stick to relate happiness
with the lack of bad emotions. Since for the most of us it is difficult to avoid these bad emotions,
having to assume their inevitability, I´d rather point out the concept of psychological resilience
or endurance-defined as the way to cope with stress and adversity-as the origin of a real and
sustainable happiness.
Beyond that general attitude to overcome difficulties, I would like to point out several positive
factors to achieve happiness related feelings:
-Pleasure (tasty foods, warm baths, etc.),
-Engagement (or flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity),
-Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness),
-Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and
-Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals)
Book recommended:
Shawn Achor - "The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance"

In the meantime Ignacio has reminded me to let you know about the new arrangements for the Thursday
Thursday's Open Tertulia in English
Important Notice: From December 1st, the Tertulia will take place at O'Donnells (ex-Moore's) Irish
Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
----------From Luisa---------
Please not you will have to let her know in advance if you wish to attend, thanks:
Data of language exchange,
Location: Café Comercial
Address: Glorieta de Bilbao, 7
Website location:

Dates: on Saturday
Time: from 12:30 to 14:45
Price: 2.50 € (exchange organizing, hiring the top of the cafeteria and coffee, tea, soda, wine or
beer are included).
Luisa - email to confirm please alvarez_luisa@hotmail.com

from Lawrence, Sunday PhiloMadrid meeting: The meaning of happiness + lots of NEWS

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