“To Christopher Watkins, a professor of psychology at Scotland’s Abertay University and the author of the study, the results show that creativity can help boost the romantic and social prospects of average-looking men. Creativity, Watkins says, is a proxy for intelligence, and it signals the ability of your potential future mate or friend to solve tricky problems.
“In the first two studies, a high creativity rating made the less-attractive women seem even uglier, and “less-creative but attractive women were preferred relative to creative but less-attractive women.” In other words, if you’re female, the only thing men care about you sculpting are your eyebrows.”
Nick Note: It may be just my imagination, but The Temptations are prophets if this research is correct. But what constitutes attractiveness? Is beauty in the eye of the beholder or is there some objectivity? In the Scriptures, we read that God shines forth in perfect beauty from Zion (Psalm 50:2). He shines to such an extent that David said he just wanted to gaze at this beauty all the days of his life (Psalm 27:4). As Christians, we are to be creative. Specifically, we are to create heaven down here on earth (Matthew 6:10). Instead of heeding John Lennon’s lyric to Imagine there’s no heaven, we should use our imagination to make little bits of heaven here on earth. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m really just a son of the King…
“Fitness Blender’s YouTube channel and corresponding website feature more than 500 workout videos, most of them filmed in the Segarses’ garage north of Seattle. Against a plain-white background, they sweat through basic but challenging moves, including the occasional stumble.
“These people look normal,” says Haley Wilson, a 20-year-old fan in Fort Erie, Ontario, who last year had Fitness Blender’s logo tattooed on her left arm. “They’re like your fit best friends who can help you be healthy, too.”
“It’s not about being bikini-ready,” Ms. Segars says. “It’s about not dying of a heart attack.”
Nick Note: This is the 2017 version of Richard Simmons Sweating to the Oldies. Samson was known for his strength, but I don’t know if he had a workout plan (Judges 16). Nevertheless, in the Scriptures, we are encouraged to steward our bodies well (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
“For one thing, researchers from Munich’s Technische Universitaet have found that women were less likely to be promoted to management positions if they appeared too cheerful. And research has also shown that a pessimistic outlook can lead to higher productivity, fewer mistakes, and better communication skills. In other words: Grumpy workers of the world, unite.”
Nick Note: Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go. But should you be the Grumpy Dwarf? Daniel Powter sung about his Bad Day and this research seems to indicate that you should embrace the bad day. But what about if you work from home? Working from home has its benefits, with research showing that it generally increases happiness and productivity. But a new study also shows 40 percent of employees who were working from home feel disconnected from the company’s strategic direction. In the Scriptures, we read very little on being grumpy but we are not be rude or irritable (1 Corinthians 13:5). “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back (Proverbs 29:11).”
“Rather than concentrating on academic scores alone, the findings explore the critical connection between wellbeing, belonging, and achievement.
“If you feel good, you learn better,” said Gabriela Ramos, chief of staff at the OECD. “It’s not about promoting high achievement or not; it’s how you do it with the other sets of skills we need to develop in children.”
“The data show that to do well in school it’s not just cognitive skills, it’s a cocktail of all the things that influence a child’s life,” said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children. On average, the most motivated students scored the equivalent of more than one school year higher in PISA than the least-motivated ones.”
Nick Note: Bobby McFerrin tells us to Don’t Worry Be Happy. Sheryl Crow, in a passive aggressive manner, sang If It Makes You Happy. No word on what it is. And then there is Pharrell who is just Happy. Nevertheless, are you familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? It is a motivational theory in psychology comprising of a five tier model of human needs, depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Maslow believed that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and some needs take precedence over others. One might argue that in order to learn (or according to Maslow have a “feeling of accomplishment” or “achieve one’s full potential”), you would first need to satisfy your need of “belongingness and love.” In the Scriptures, we read often of Jesus meeting felt needs before addressing spiritual needs (John 4).