Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Not my cats, just visitors. Luckily for them I'm a fan.

This plastic bowl has internal dimensions of 26 x 26 cm.

Tabby from tip to tip is slightly over 45 cm. long, tail straight.

When I went downstairs to do the measurement, Tonkinese was completely covering her friend....

If only life was so simple for us.

So what do you have to do to find happiness?

It seem quite a lot more than cats and dogs, mice, rats, hedgehogs, cows, sheep, pigs, terpines, lizards, crocodiles, snakes, three-spined stickle backs, cuttlefish.

Our difficulty, according to Daniele Nettle, is that the brain systems for liking and wanting are separate. Wanting involves two ancient regions - the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens - that communicate using the chemical dopamine to form the brain's reward system.

....brain chemistry foils our pursuit of happiness in the modern world: "Things that you desire ar enot the things that you end up liking. The mechanisms of desire are insatiable. There are things we really like and tire of less quickly - having good friends, and the beauty of the natural world, spirituality. But our economic system plays into the psychology of wanting, and the psychology of liking gets drowned out."
Read and enjoy. it is significant.

Psychologist Martin Seligman:

Because our brain evolved during a time of ice, flood and famine, we have a catastophic brain. The way the brain works is looking for what's wrong. The problem is, that worked for the Pleistocene era. It favoured you, but it doesn't work in the modern world.

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