Her Christmas Day message is posted on the popular video-sharing website for the first time as the 81-year-old British Sovereign, who is also Queen of Australia, historically (and stoically) continues to embrace advances in modern communications technology.
The message begins with footage from 1957 showing the Queen broadcasting on TV for the first time 50 years ago.
Now, the new royal link – www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel – went live just after midnight and features both archive and recent footage of the Queen with plans to add new clips regularly.
The Queen begins by noting from her long experience that, “One of the features of growing old is a heightened awareness of change. To remember what happened 50 years ago means that it is possible to appreciate what has changed in the meantime. It also makes you aware of what has remained constant”.
The Necker Cube is an ambiguous line drawing. It can be interpreted two different ways. When a person stares at the picture, it will often seem to flip back and forth between the two valid interpretations. The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first published in 1832 by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker.
FROM CPU: Earlier we talked about why the fast-talking guy sounds smarter than the guy who understands more than he can say. We talked about how wrong that is, and how if the glib always win, we all lose. But the more important battle is not between articulate vs. less-articulate people… it’s between the articulate vs. non-articulate parts of your own head.
Fast thinking, or “racing thoughts,” is most commonly known as a symptom of the clinical psychiatric disorder of mania (and of the manic part of bipolar disorder or “manic-depression”).
But, according to Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, most healthy people also have experienced racing thoughts at some point in time–perhaps when they are excited about a new idea they have just learned, or when they are brainstorming with a group of people, or even when they lie in bed unable to fall asleep.
Pronin and her Harvard colleague Daniel Wegner decided to explore whether inducing people to think fast might lead them to feel some of the other experiences also associated with the manic experience.
Dr Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
Dr Seligman’s research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.
Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. Authentic Happiness has almost 700,000 registered users around the world.