Art and Happiness featuring Romero Britto & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

Art and Happiness featuring Romero Britto & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

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Romero Britto

Tuesday, May 5 – 12:00 PM ET

Brought to you by the WOHASU® Foundation

Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an international artist who uses vibrant, bold, and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world. Britto, founder of the Happy Art Movement, has created a visual language of love, hope, and happiness inspiring millions worldwide. He generously created the artwork for the first World Happiness Summit, where he shared his passion and purpose with the WOHASU Community.

Britto uses vibrant, iconic imagery and fun patterns to reflect his optimism. Self-taught at an early age, he painted on scraps of paper, cardboard or any medium he could find before coming into his own and traveling to Paris where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso. His appreciation of these masters influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.”

Be part of The Happy Art Movement and help share happiness, love, optimism, and hope right now with the people and places that need it most. Romero Britto will join us on the WOHASU Community platform to share about the power of art as he paints live at his studio.

Express yourself creatively by downloading Britto’s beautiful coloring book and sharing your art with us! Click Here to Download

“Art and Happiness are too important not to share” -Romero Britto, founder of The Happy Art Movement

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The Power of Positive Psychology in Times of Adversity featuring Lesley Lyle & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

The Power of Positive Psychology in Times of Adversity featuring Lesley Lyle & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

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WOHASU Happiness Ambassador UK, Director of Positive Psychology Learning, co-founder of The Positive Psychology People and Associate Lecturer on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology Programme at Buckinghamshire New University, UK.

Lesley Lyle is a published author and uniquely qualified in positive psychology (MAPP), Clinical Hypnosis (Dip HE) and Laughter Therapy. In her wellbeing clinic, she specializes in helping people overcome stress and anxiety and find more meaning, purpose and happiness in life. She is also a regular guest on BBC radio, TV and author of Laugh Your Way to Happiness. Currently, she is involved in Positive Ageing research for a new book and online course.

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The Science of Helping Out

The Science of Helping Out

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By By Tara Parker-Pope

At a time when we are all experiencing an extraordinary level of stress, science offers a simple and effective way to bolster our own emotional health.

To help yourself, start by helping others.

Much of the scientific research on resilience — which is our ability to bounce back from adversity — has shown that having a sense of purpose, and giving support to others, has a significant impact on our well-being.

“There is a lot of evidence that one of the best anti-anxiety medications available is generosity,” said Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at Wharton and author of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.” “The great thing about showing up for other people is that it doesn’t have to cost a whole lot or anything at all, and it ends up being beneficial to the giver.”

Our bodies and minds benefit in a variety of ways when we help others. Some research has focused on the “helper’s high.” Studies show that volunteering, donating money, or even just thinking about donating money can release feel-good brain chemicals and activate the part of the brain stimulated by the pleasures of food and sex. Studies of volunteers show that do-gooders had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol on days they did volunteer work.

The challenge many of us are facing today is how to give support from a distance. Rules that require us to be physically apart during the pandemic mean that our traditional ways of volunteering in person are no longer possible. The good news is that the type of support that can be helpful to both giver and receiver can be given in a variety of small and big ways. It can include giving money or time to a cause. Or it can be as simple as a phone call, giving advice or just lending a listening ear.

In fact, the act of giving advice has been shown to be more beneficial than receiving it. In a series of studies of 2,274 people, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago found that after middle-school students mentored younger students about studying, they ended up spending more time on their own homework. Overweight people who counseled others on weight loss were more motivated to lose weight themselves.

Dr. Grant said we often are better at giving advice to people other than ourselves. “One of the best things you can do is call someone else facing a similar problem and talk them through it,” said Dr. Grant, who co-founded an online networking platform called Givitas, which connects people for the purpose of asking for and giving support and advice. “When you talk other people through their problems, you come up with wiser perspectives and solutions for yourself.”

Feeling responsible for other people also can help us cope with whatever challenges life brings. Emily A. Greenfield, an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University, studied a concept called “felt obligation,” which is measured by asking people questions such as how obligated they would feel to give money to a friend in need, even if it meant putting themselves in a bind. Dr. Greenfield analyzed data collected from 849 participants in an ongoing study of health and well-being, that asked about felt obligation as well as health-related declines they experienced over time, such as problems carrying groceries or walking a block.

As it turned out, the people who had higher levels of felt obligation — meaning they were the type of people to sacrifice for others — coped better with their own life challenges.

“These findings fit with the idea that an orientation to helping others is a protective factor — something that is especially important for well-being when confronted with distressing life circumstances,” Dr. Greenfield said.

She noted that caring for others helps us to regulate our own emotions and gain a sense of control. “When we remind a friend that social distancing measures are temporary, and this too shall pass, we are also, in effect, reminding ourselves and serving to regulate our own emotions,” she said.

Several studies suggest that supporting others helps buffer our bodies against the detrimental effects of stress. A five-year study of 846 people in Detroit found that stressful life events appeared to take a greater toll on people who were less helpful to others, while helping others seemed to erase the detrimental physical effects of stressful experiences.

“Small acts are important,” said Dr. Steven Southwick, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and co-author of “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges.” “Part of that might have to do with just getting outside of myself, and finding meaning and purpose in something bigger than myself.”

Studies show that having a strong sense of purpose protects us from stress in the short term and predicts long-term better health, a lower risk of dying prematurely and even better financial health. Researchers say that finding meaning and purpose during social distancing may be especially important for high-school seniors and college students, who were on the cusp of discovering their purpose in life just as the coronavirus derailed graduations, internships and new jobs.

“Your purpose may be to help others in need, but it doesn’t have to be tackling big social structure issues,” said Patrick Hill, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “It could be helping out your neighbor or just doing shopping for somebody. If your big picture goal is to help others in need, there are ways of doing that right now that may look different than how you used to do them.”

Silver Linings featuring Mo Gawdat & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

Silver Linings featuring Mo Gawdat & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 – 11:00 AM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a tragedy and terrible disaster for so many. Nevertheless, Mo believes there’s a silver lining in everyone’s situation waiting to be spotted. For many of us, the worst that’s happened is we’ve been forced to slow down and face our own minds. That could be a blessing.

Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], a serial entrepreneur and author of Solve for Happy.
Mo has an impressive combined career of 27 years, starting at IBM Egypt as a Systems Engineer before moving to a sales role in the government sector. Venturing in to the UAE, Mo joined NCR Abu Dhabi to cover the non-finance sector. He then became acquainted with the consumer goods industry as Regional Manager of BAT. At Microsoft he assumed various roles over a span of seven and a half years, in his last role at Microsoft he headed the Communications Sector across Emerging Markets worldwide.

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Hope & Growth featuring Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

Hope & Growth featuring Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar & hosted by Karen Guggenheim

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21 – 5:00 PM ET

Brought to you by the WOHASU® Foundation

Tal Ben-Shahar, WOHASU Speaker, is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular class at Harvard University.

He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.
The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard. He is also the co-founder of The Happiness Studies Academy.

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