All signs point to tropical Central and South America for the happiest day-to-day living, with Paraguay leading the world in positive emotions. Measuring whether people experienced “lots of enjoyment, laughing or smiling a lot, feeling well-rested, and being treated with respect” on the previous day, Gallup compiled all the “yes’s, si’s and oui’s” into a Positive Experience Index score for each country. At the bottom of list is Syria, a country with not a lot of happy moments right now.
While it is a very tough title to keep, at 111 ¼ years old, Alexander Imich is currently the oldest man on earth. He was alive when the Wright brothers developed their flying machine.
photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times
Two separate articles from two different continents both promoting the positive effects that walking has on creativity. Now that the weather has finally turned nice, head outside, take a long stroll, and let your brain run wild.
art by Andrew Jeffrey Wright
The human response to living in a world where everything happens now. Douglass Rushkoff makes the case for moving to the Caribbean.
Eternal Curves by Will Lassek, Steve Gaulin, and Hara Estroff Marano
Men “know” something significant about women’s bodies that women don’t. And it all has to do with nature’s mandate to produce children with the greatest array of survival skills.
art by Todd James
Meet “Europe’s Dirtiest Person.” Ludvik Dolezal of the Czech Republic spends his day tending to his fire, burning whatever he can find. Then at night, he goes to sleep in the pile of hot ash.
How the Acronym STOP Can Help You Find Calm
S stands for Stop
T stands for Take a Breath
O stands for Observe
P stands for Proceed
Beautiful work by Claude Cloutier
March Madness is apparently vasectomy season. CNN notes an uptick in men scheduling their procedures to align with prime couch time, and fans wearing their favorite team’s duds to appointments. As one patient told his doctor ‘I have to have this during March Madness, you have to talk to my wife about it. Tell her what my limitations are and that I need to be on the couch.’
Become successful artisan/artist/musician.
Sell out show(s).
Buy abandoned village in the Spanish countryside for under $100k.
Create, enjoy, relax.
Naked, Covered in Ram’s Blood, Drinking a Coke, and Feeling Pretty Good by Andrew Solomon
One man’s journey to Senegal to investigate a tribal cure for depression.
American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal
A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state