Times have changed, and so has the title. But, it is still the same place where reflections of my colorful thoughts are scribbled. They are sometimes crazy and sometimes deep, but most often they do make sense when I pause and take a moment to write.
I enjoy reading (or skimming) through research papers published in various peer-reviewed journals, even when they are from other topic areas (sometimes, it is especially other topic areas). I read on topics that fascinate me. I enjoy reading from different fields of science and marketing. As the focus is on my area of research, I do not do it regularly. I do try to squeeze in a little free time. Recently, I happened to read an article on positive thoughts published in a leading Psychology journal. It is an oft-cited article on positive thoughts and human mind.
In this piece, the authors suggest a framework for how the science of positive psychology is going to look like in the future (an older article from the 2000's). As I was reading through this, a word caught my attention in the first paragraph of the article. It was the term "grouchy" (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi 2000).
In this article one of the author shares something from his personal experience. It is about a conversation with his five-year old. As the father (the author) yells at his little girl as she keeps playing with the weeds around, that they were clearing from their garden, the girl says something extremely commendable. She tells him how at three years of age, she used to whine a lot. Now, after turning five, she has changed her whining to no whining state. She tells him, how he can change his grouchy attitude just the way, she could change hers. Kids! Yeah, they are a handful.
Well, even though the author goes on with the topic, I thought of the word, grouchy. We are all grouchy at different times on a scale of varying degree. A few of us are always grouchy and a few others are grouchy only at times. There are surely a few around who do not fall in to this category.Today being Monday, my thoughts went back to the usual Monday Blues that we get to hear from people around us. I remember the time when I used to work in India and every time at the start of the new week, there used to be posts on my newsfeed or someone used to crib at work about how they hated coming to office on a Monday. I have never felt that way (yet and hopefully never), but I was surely more excited about the weekends.
How wonderful will it be if all of us felt that it was an Awesome Monday instead of singing the blues (by the way, I like that genre of music :)).
Personally, I have felt a difference, whenever I started a week on a positive note. I have found myself to be slightly more productive whenever I felt or thought positively. Yes, people who want to disagree with me, might call it a placebo. Placebo or not, it works. Positive thoughts do not inhibit better work, it betters work. Agreed that it is super difficult to do. Trust me when I tell you, I dread thinking of writing this blog at night as I am extremely tired and a deadbeat when I get back home after a long day at work. If I do not have even an iota of positivity in me, then I don't think I can pull this challenge (or pulled it so far).
So, I think we must all start our week on a positive note. Even if you are not super excited, that is okay, just don't crib. May be talking to someone you love, giving a hug to someone dear, watching a funny movie or read something nice, or maybe just a nap. Anything to keep your spirits high. Even though the "Awesome Monday" concept has been around for a while, somehow it hasn't really become that popular yet.
I hope that I did not come across as being preachy. This wasn't for that, I was just sharing a good thought!
Seligman, Martin EP and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Postive Psychology : An Introduction. Vol.55, no.1. American Psychological Association, 2000.
Do you guys know about Manjadikuru ? They are the little red seeds. For anyone who is from God's own country or is familiar with Kerala wouldn't have missed this. There is something special about holding them, playing with these seeds. Usually, most homes will have a small 'uruli' or a bowl filled with these beautiful and shiny red seeds. In most Krishna temples in Kerala, you will come across a small 'uruli' with Manjadikuru. People believe that it is lucky to take these seeds with both hands and just play with them when you visit a temple. Some even leave a couple of coins as they do this. In Guruvayoor (my favorite place), you can see a big 'uruli' with manjadi.
So, why and how did this become prevalent ? It goes back to a story from the past. Many years ago, there lived a poor lady in northern Kerala. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (Krishna) and always wanted to visit Guruvayoor. She could not afford to buy any offering (nived…
Dasan and Vijayan team is one of the most popular character pair in Malayalam movie fraternity. Every Malayalee will remember the dialogues from these movies. The pair of Lal-Sreenivasan as Dasan - Vijayan just brought (and still bring) smiles and simple joy among movie goers. Between Sathyan Anthikkad and Priyadarshan, there were three movies directed using the same team for the lead pair. With the script written by Sreenivasan himself, these movies have become immortal in the history of Malayalam cinema.
Among the set of 3 movies done using the combination, the first one was 'Nadodikkattu'. The picture that depicts the dialogue is from that movie. The second and third were 'Pattanapravesham' and 'Akkare Akkare Akkare'. Even though each movie was good this one is something very special. The dialogues are so popular that I don't think any of us would 'not' use them in everyday life.
This one given below is by Vijayan (played by Sreenivasan) that s…
Time for a recent movie context. This is one of my new favorite actor- Anushree. This scene is from a movie called Diamond Necklace. It is not a comedy movie but this specific actor's character does bring in innocence and sweetness that will make you smile. Why do I like her? Well, she has a beautiful knack to enact serious, comedy, strong roles with ease. She came into movies through a reality show and trust me she is a real find. This is her first one and she plays a small role as the protagonist's innocent wife. The innocence of 'Rajashree' just won so many hearts. The dialogue reads "Ende Arunettane manasilkkan ini vere aara ullathu" means "Now, who else is there to understand my Arun":) For those who understand the context you can smile, the rest, please go and watch this one :)