In their book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton draw on years of quantitative and qualitative research to explain how money can buy happiness, but only if we spend it in certain ways.

The key lies in adhering to five key principles: Buy Experiences (research shows that material purchases are less satisfying than vacations or concerts);Make it a Treat (limiting access to our favorite things will make us keep appreciating them); Buy Time (focusing on time over money yields wiser purchases); Pay Now, Consume Later (delayed consumption leads to increased enjoyment); and Invest in Others (spending money on other people makes us happier than spending it on ourselves).

Recently we featured a video illustrating the emotional benefits of buying experiences. In the following sequel, Norton again gives some cash to two women in Harvard Square. The catch this time: Each of them must spend the money on someone else.

“We’ve shown in our research that giving money to others actually does make people happier,” says Norton, an associate professor of marketing at Harvard Business School. “One of the reasons is that it creates social connections. If you have a nice car and a big house on an island by yourself, you’re not going to be happy because we need people to be happy. But by giving to another person, you’re…creating a connection and a conversation with that person, and those things are really good for happiness.”

Watch the video to find out how the women in Harvard Square chose to invest in others—and whether it made them happier!

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Great News, SAT students!

chocolate-heartEating chocolate could improve the brain’s ability to do math, a new study suggests.

Mental arithmetic became easier after volunteers had been given large amounts of compounds found in chocolate, called flavanols, in a hot cocoa drink.

They were also less likely to feel tired or mentally drained, the findings, presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Brighton show.

Prof David Kennedy, director of the brain, performance and nutrition research centre at Northumbria University, and a co-author of the study, said that chocolate could be beneficial for mentally challenging tasks.

The findings suggest students who binge on chocolate when revising for exams may gain a real benefit from doing so.

“For things that are difficult to do, mentally demanding things that maybe crop up in your work it could help,” Prof Kennedy said.

The flavanols, part of a group of chemicals called polyphenols, work by increasing the flow of blood into the brain.

For the study 30 volunteers were asked to count backwards in groups of three from a random number between 800 and 999 generated by a computer.

The findings show that they could do the calculations more quickly and more accurately after they had been given the drink.

However, the same was not true when the group was asked to count backwards in groups of seven, which the researchers described as a more complex task, requiring a slightly different part of the brain.

The findings also show that the volunteers did not get as tired doing the calculations if they had been given the cocoa drink, despite being asked to do them over and over for an hour.

The researchers gave the volunteers a total of 500mg of flavanol.

Although the amount was too great to be found naturally in the diet, researchers said that people should ensure that they have lots of flavanols, also found in fruit and vegetables, on a regular basis.

Emma Wightman, one of the study’s lead researchers, said: “You can get bars of chocolate that have 100mg of flavanol, and we are also going to look at the effect of lower doses of flavanol on the brain.”

Dark chocolate contains higher quantaties of the chemical than plain or milk chocolate.

Prof Kennedy added: “The amount that you are giving is more than in the diet but there is quite a lot of evidence that general amounts are protective against declining function and that kind of thing.

“The more fruit and vegetables and things that are high in polyphenols the better that is for your brain in the long run.”

(via Telegraph)


Editor’s note: This piece, and several others on Los Angeles, complement the CNNGo TV series. This month’s show features a food truck tour with filmmaker and actor Jon Favreau, an L.A. fashion icon’s guide to shopping like a local and a visit to a bar-arcade where kidults flock for drinks and to play on its 40 restored arcade machines:

(CNN) — In a world where the niche-hip is elevated to cultural elite on a weekly basis, it was probably inevitable: the humble taco truck has gone Hollywood.

With the 2014 release of his critically acclaimed film, “Chef,” writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Swingers”) tracks the journey of a fictional food truck and its quick-tempered chef on its rise from Miami obscurity peddling Cubano sandwiches to a place in the Los Angeles culinary pantheon.

If you think this is a quaint little movie about a minor trend, consider the group that showed up at its table.

A-listers who appear in the movie include Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara. (As a softie supportive ex playing against hot-headed-temptress type, Vergara might be the most satisfying surprise ingredient in the film.)

Favreau, who wrote, directed and stars in the film as chef Carl Casper, drew inspiration from real life.

“The food truck scene has definitely become emblematic of Los Angeles,” Favreau tells CNN.

“It mixes up Mexican, Korean, Jewish, health food … every kind of culture here. It’s a reflection of and a recombination of the foods and culture that make up the tapestry of L.A.

“I eat at as many food trucks as I can.”

READ: CNNGo in Los Angeles: Hollywood stars, food trucks and bar-cade

Roy Choi a must get

As soon as he finished his script for the film, Favreau says he sought out the consultation services of chef Roy Choi, the unrivaled boss of L.A.’s still-booming food truck scene.

Still L.A. faves: Roy Choi rose to fame on the strength of his sensational Korean barbecue tacos.
Still L.A. faves: Roy Choi rose to fame on the strength of his sensational Korean barbecue tacos.

In 2008, Choi created the now ubiquitous Korean barbecue taco and launched it from a truck he dubbed Kogi.

Today, Kogi operates four trucks that roam the city.

Imitators of Choi’s famed Korean barbecue tacos (two crisp corn tortillas, caramelized Korean barbecue short rib meat, salsa roja, cilantro-onion-lime relish, Napa Romaine slaw, chili-soy vinaigrette) can now be found from New York to Hong Kong to Amsterdam.

Rather than being annoyed by the doppelgangers, Choi says he’s honored.

“A lot of them (Korean-taco vendors) are putting their own spin on it,” he says. “They don’t call themselves Kogi, so it’s a form of love.”

“DJs all have the same music, the same beats to choose from, it’s which ones you choose and how you mix them up that makes you an original,” adds Favreau. “Food trucks are our bootleg tapes.”

Humble sizzle

L.A.’s food trucks are an extension of Southern California’s long-established “taco trucks.”

These are typically plain white trucks that sell cheap and freshly made tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican “fast food.”

Modern “food trucks” — sometimes owner-operated (as in “Chef”), sometimes run by larger business entities — have taken the mobile food concept and expanded the menu options considerably.

You can now buy everything from acai bowls to greasy burgers to Maine lobster from food trucks.

The shared lineage means the terms “taco truck” and “food truck” are sometimes used interchangeably — but shouldn’t be mistaken for the similar-in-appearance white “catering trucks” (known colloquially as “roach coaches”) that pull up to construction sites, warehouses and office buildings selling pre-packaged sandwiches, bags of chips, candy and beverages to workers.

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Apps track trucks

Food trucks travel the city and park at different places and times each day or week.

Of several apps that have been launched to help track their movements, Roaming Hunger is among the most popular.

Many trucks operate their own websites to let fans know where they’ll be on any given day and time.

Kogi, whose four trucks cover all of Los Angeles County, updates its site daily and covers various social media bases.

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In “Chef,” Jon Favreau and John Leguizamo are peppy partners in a food truck business.

From the start, social media has been instrumental in the rise of food trucks.

Kogi was established in 2008, shortly after Twitter began to gain mass popularity.

Choi used Twitter to help build interest in his fledgling operation.

One of the most famous results was the day he parked his truck at midnight on the campus of UCLA during finals week.

When he arrived he found almost a thousand students lined up for his tacos.

“Twitter, that’s why Kogi blew up,” he says.

In “Chef,” Favreau imitates the model, with the lead character’s El Jefe food truck getting a huge boost from Twitter popularity.

Four-star parking lot

At L.A.’s The Brig parking lot (1515 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice Beach), a food truck rally is held the first Friday night of each month, usually starting from 6 p.m.

More than a dozen trucks descend on the parking lot, selling everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to Spam musubi to cupcakes.

The parking lot, which Favreau calls “ground zero of the L.A. food truck movement,” is where Choi first parked his Kogi truck in Los Angeles.

Show up for a First Friday event at The Brig and you’ll see exactly how Hollywood food trucks have gone since then.

Through the crowd of eaters, a squad of valet parkers rushes out to park your car — while you visit a parking lot.

Only in L.A.?

Possibly. But it’s a critical darling that just may be coming soon to a parking lot near you.

Ready to get confused? Pronunciation is everything!

Mr.Watt rang Mr.Knott.

Knott: “Who’s calling?”
Watt: “Watt.”
Knott: “What is your name, please?”
Watt: “Watt’s my name.”
Knott: “That’s what I asked you. What’s your name?”
Watt: “That’s what I told you. Watt’s my name.”
Watt: “Is this James Brown?”
Knott: “No, this is Knott.”
Watt: “Please tell me your name.”
Knott: “Will Knott.”
Watt: “Why not?”
Knott: “Huh? What do you mean why not?”
Watt: “Yeah! Why won’t you tell me your name?”
Knott: “But I told you my name!”
Watt: “No you didn’t you said, “Will not”.
Knott: “Not not, Knott, Will Knott!”
Watt: “That’s what I mean.”
Knott: “So you know my name.”
Watt: “Of course not!”
Knott: “Good. So now, what is yours?”
Watt: “Watt. Yours?”
Knott: “Your name!”
Watt: “Watt’s my name.”
Knott: “How the hell do I know? I am asking you!”
Watt: “Look I have been very patient and I have told you my name and you have not even told me yours yet.”
Knott: “You’ve been patient? What about me?”
Knott: “I have told you my name so many times and it is you who have not told me yours yet.”
Watt:”Of course not!”
Knott: “See, you even know my name!”
Watt:”Of course not!”
Knott: “Then why do you keep saying of course Knott?”
Watt:”Because I don’t.”
Knott: “What is your name?”
Watt: “See, you do know!”
Knott: “Of course not!”
Watt:”Then why do you keep saying, Watt is your name.”
Knott: “To find out your name!”
Watt: “But you already know it!”
Knott: “What?”
Watt: “See!”
Knott: “Listen, listen, wait; if I asked you what your name is, what would your answer be?”
Watt: “Watt’s my name.”
Knott: “No, no, give me only one word.”
Watt: “Watt”
Knott: “Your name!”
Watt: “Right!”
[Pause before it hits him]
Knott: “Oh, Wright!”
Watt: “Yeah!”
Knott: “So why didn’t you say so before?”
Watt: “I told you so many times!”
Knott: “You never said Wright before”
Watt: “Of course I did.”
Knott: “OK I won’t argue any more. Do you know my name?”
Watt: “I do not.”
Knott: Well, there you go, now we know each other’s name.”
Watt: “I do not!”
Knott: “Good!”
Watt: “Oh, Guud!”
Knott: “Good.”
Watt: “No wonder, it took me so long, is that Dutch?”
Knott: “No, it’s Knott!”
Watt: “Oh, okay. At least the names are clear now Guud.”
Knott: “Yes Wright.”



Queridos alunos, amigos e colaboradores! Iniciamos em nossas unidades a Campanha de Arrecadação de Brinquedos! Uhu! Todas as doações irão para aHospitalhaços Ong, a fim de integrarem as brinquedotecas e serem presenteados às crianças no dia 12 de Outubro e 25 de Dezembro.




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Peeta Mellark


The male tribute from District 12, Peeta is in love with Katniss and becomes her main ally and romantic interest during the Games. Peeta is best characterized by his love for Katniss and willingness to sacrifice himself for her. Katniss’s first memory of him, for instance, is from an incident years before the Games in which Peeta willingly risked a beating to help her. Katniss was starving and searching for food behind Peeta’s family’s bakery, and Peeta apparently burned two loaves of bread deliberately so the bakery couldn’t use them, then gave those loaves to Katniss. Peeta’s mother hit him for burning the bread, and Katniss believes Peeta must have known he would be punished for it. During the Games, he is similarly selfless when he saves Katniss after she comes back to retrieve the bow but finds herself suddenly stunned by the tracker jacker stings. To allow Katniss to escape, Peeta fights Cato, the most deadly of the other tributes, and suffers a serious injury as a result.

Though we have a limited perspective on Peeta since we only seen him through Katniss’s eyes, he comes across as thoughtful, artistic, and genuinely kind. We learn that he’s a gifted visual artist, capable of creating beautiful designs in frosting for the cakes at his family’s bakery and mimicking patterns of light and shade when he camouflages himself. When Haymitch falls in his own vomit, it is Peeta who volunteers to clean him up. Katniss wonders what his motive is in volunteering for this task, then realizes that Peeta is just being nice. In one particularly memorable scene before the Games occur, Peeta confesses to Katniss that his only hope for the Games is to retain his identity and not to be made into a monster by his circumstances. The incident reveals Peeta to be a good and introspective person who prides his dignity and decency perhaps above all else. (It is never answered whether he would sacrifice that for Katniss as well.)


Hello everybody! This time the composition topic is about ACTION!

Many people say they will do this and that, visit this or that place, change things, change their lives. New job, new haircut, new apartment, new attitude. And you? What do you think about this? Does life get in the way and stop us from doing the things we would actually enjoy to do? Or do you think it is a matter of choice and making the effort to make time for it?

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