NY Times – The Living Appreciate the Passing

I just stumbled on this page from my Facebook Newsfeed (guilty, some of my best research comes from what other people post on their pages!) But, this comes at a convenient time as we remember the anniversary of my friend, Shana Kay, who passed away seven years from this past Tuesday, July 3.

This NY Times spread, The Lives They Loved, gave readers an opportunity to send images and descriptions of family & friends who have passed this year. The site shares about 300 images of individuals we lost this year along with a sentiment from close friends & family members.

Sometimes, it’s the short & simple lines that make the biggest impact:

Olga Lupò

My mother’s smile, she will always be the lighthouse that lights up my life.
Submitted by Serena Longo


This page proves to be a sentimental and significant piece of work that I hope NY Times will continue to create.

Shana, we miss you always and will never forget you.


Where Does Your Job Lie on The Sleep Scale?

The New York Times reported an interesting article today which surveyed different types of jobs and which were more likely to cause lack of sleep and the best nights sleep. Where does your job fall? I was shocked to see that nothing in the entertainment industry made the sleep-deprived section (not the celebrities, I mean all of us working day and night behind-the-scenes!) I guess there are bigger things to worry about than what Rihanna decided to wear to the Grammys…

Most Sleep-Deprived
6h57m Home Health Aides
7h Lawyer
7h1m Police Officers
7h2m Physicians, Paramedics
7h3m Economists
7h3m Social Workers
7h3m Computer Programmers
7h5m Financial Analysts
7h7m Plant Operators
7h8m Secretaries
Most Well-Rested
7h20m Forest, Logging Workers
7h16m Hairstylists
7h15m Sales Representatives
7h14m Bartenders
7h13m Construction Workers
7h13m Athletes
7h13m Landscapers
7h12m Engineers
7h12m Aircraft Pilots
7h12m Teachers

What Makes Us Happy?

image via seis.bris.ac.uk

Do you ever sit and wonder, “Am I truly happy”? We all ask ourselves this question time and time again. It seems that many of us never can honestly answer that question.

An interesting article in the NYTimes yesterday discussed various research with regards to how spending/consumption affects our levels of happiness. Through various studies, when money is spent on “experiences” rather than material items, it’s proven that individuals are happier.

For one couple, (Ms. Strobel and Mr. Smith), it took giving away items, in which they limited themselves to living with only 100 items. By removing their “baggage”, they removed $30,000 of debt and stress that’s been sitting on their shoulders after years of “conspicuous consumption”. They now live simple lives where they can make plans to travel and be there for their family.

image via responsible-law-of-attraction-living.com

What if we all limited ourselves to 100 things? What would be the things you’d keep or take? Would this really make us all happier people?

From personal experience, leisure events/plans that I’ve been fortunate to do have been the most memorable, leaving me with more positive feelings.

Read more in the article to learn about the studies and research being done.

What do you do that makes you happy? Is it reading a book by a tree? Is it taking your summer vacation? Cooking?