Thursday, December 11, 2014

In a previous post, I talked about how you can be responsible for creating stress by making your boss your priority. In this post, we will discuss a TED Talk that is primarily focused on seeing stress from a different angle.

If we are asked "Are you comfortable in your life?", the obvious answer is "I live a stressed life", and we begin to feel a little bit unhappy about it. If you're a gardener or a librarian, this post is probably not targeted to you :)

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who suggests to us to change the definition of stress. Watching Kelly McGonigal's TED Talk, on "How to make stress your friend", I got out with these ideas:

  •  We often think of stress as an inevitable burden in our modern life,
  • People who think that stress kills them have higher death rate probability than those who don't,
  • it's the negative thought about stress that harms and may kill, not stress itself,
  • Think about stress as a motivator. Having a dose of stress helps you achieve tasks in time. Otherwise, no real achievements would have been made.

  • Oxitocin: aka the Stress hormone. activates in times of stress, and also when we hug our beloved people or participate in social activities,
  • Stress should not be your enemy, as many health specialists think. It causes heart pumping and blood tension. So instead of thinking negatively about it, take the challenge and develop your courage muscle.

(photo source: Flickr)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A visit to the Zoo

When I was young, one of my favourite places was the zoo. I loved to see monkeys, the tiger, the elephant... I loved to throw pop-corn to ducks too. The zoo seemed to be a gate to a wonderland for the kids of us. It's a place that reminds me of innocence, happiness and disconnection from the world. We used to have only one zoo in the whole country. People came from all over the places, especially on holidays.

Today, more than fifteen years later, I went to the same place, with my wife and my kid. What's remarkable is that: 
- prices are almost the same
- people have the same excitement and immediately rush across the gate as soon as they get the tickets :)

Another thing that I've noticed was the big number of ambulant merchants here and there, inside the zoo, on the pathway: Harkous, Barbe-à-papa, pop corn,...These guys are making a living out of almost nothing. They are selling toys, sandwiches, candies... It makes you wonder what does it cost to start a tiny business like that?

(photo credit: Bastien)

A new baby blog is born

Since this blog was early a footprint of my random thoughts and life experiences, I decided to export my technical posts to another blog. Thus, the CertStuff blog was born.