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Happiness 101

Katie's picture

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by our busy lives, the difficulties we encounter, and the seemingly endless tragedies in the news. Day after day of this can wear us all down. Today we're going to talk about happiness! The famous Tin Woodman in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz said, “I shall take the heart, for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”

Little girl splashing water

I say we embrace his point of view today and explore happiness in our reference databases:

  • The Encyclopedia of the Mind has an entry on Happiness, which explores happiness and satisfaction and talks about how happiness can be fostered in our daily lives.
  • Girls' Life magazine published an article called 14 Ways to Show Yourself the Love, which provides great tips on making yourself happy for people of any age or gender, such as shut out the self-doubt and turn wrongs into rights.
  • Sissela Bok discusses her book “Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science” in this audio broadcast available through our Artemis Literary Sources database.
  • The Encyclopedia of the New American Nation created an entry about the pursuit of happiness as described by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
  • An article entitled Exercise is Medicine details the positive benefits that exercise has on our mood.
  • There is an extensive list of materials available to be checked out from our fiction and non-fiction sections on happiness and how to increase it in our lives.

I hope these articles have helped to boost your mood and have brought a little happiness into your day.

Bikes

Laura's picture

Image - National Bike MonthMay is National Bike month.  In honor of the occasion it is fitting to recall how bicycles have changed over the years from the old Penny Farthings at the turn of the century to modern mountain bikes and racing bikes. From Leonardo da Vinci’s lost design through Ignaz Schwinn’s contribution, it’s a great ride.

Read all about this topic in the library’s databases and then hop on your own two- or three-wheeler and take a spin.

Logo - American History databaseLogo - St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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