Sunday, December 20, 2009

My approach to life

One of the pleasures of traveling to conferences, as I've done this past year, is meeting people "IRL" (in real life) whom I've only known online. One is Twitter buddy Steve Woodruff (@SWoodruff).

Today, with the big east coast snowstorm, he tweeted about this video - "19 seconds of pure joy." It's his year-old puppy's first snow play. As I watched (with joy), I realized it's pretty much my approach to life. :-)

If you can't see the video, click here.

And thanks to all of you who make it so!

1 comment:

  1. Joy is good -- and here's something more for you to consider -- check out Irving Biederman's work on perceptual pleasure. Apparently, when we learn something new and it "clicks", the experience triggers the release of endogenous opioids which infuse our minds (and I'd hazard to say our bodies) with pleasure. Imagine, for a moment, if healthcare were conducted in such a way that data was explained to us with the intention of helping us could "get" it -- and the whole experience of visiting the doctor or other specialist (who worked with us to help us understand our situation and our options) actually became a positive, encouraging, uplifting one (life-threatening conditions aside/notwithstanding). Check out "Perceptual Pleasure and the Brain." American Scientist, 2006 at


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