Saturday 20 September 2014

Life is a Continuing Education

          Presently, I am enjoying my four online courses on two different learning institutions. These are Coursera, a US based online institution, while the other one is Open Universities Australia. Networked Life and Cryptography- these two are my ongoing courses on Coursera while Writing for the Web and Online Advertisements are the subjects I presently enrolled in on the Australia Open Universities. 

          Networked Life is such an interesting topic since it allows us to trace back the relationships that we have on our online activities such as Facebook, Linked and others. One among the interesting topics that could be found on this course is Basics of Game Theory. This topic discusses essential elements such as human behaviours comparing to game remarks. There is also a discussion on matrix on games, payoffs and the like. 

          On the other hand, the course on Cryptology allows the participants to gain early understanding on the development of ciphering messages and how to protect one's messages especially those sensitive ones to be intercepted by others. Another positive outcome of this course is by allowing the participants to use messages encryption.

           The other two remaining courses are also both stimulating for they both enable the participants to gain further knowledge on how to produce effective and positive outcomes on our daily activities on the web. We all know that nowadays engaging activities online is but a part of our daily life. Now exist so many forms of avenues on which one can communicate online and some of these are laptop, mobile, tablet and the like. However, one also must be very vigilant in using these modern technologies for they also pose threats to human beings if not properly utilised. 

          Hence, everyday for you and me is a continuing education and may we continue to open our arms to embrace all these learnings and facilitate them for our positive advancement. 


Saturday 13 September 2014

My Source of Happiness

          What really is happiness? This is a very relative matter in the sense that what could be your source of being happy may not be true for the other person. Somehow it is but essential for us to be aware of those things that can make and give us true meaning of happiness. 

To give us further insight on what happiness is, let us share these thoughts:

"Psychologist Martin Seligman asserts that happiness is not solely derived from external, momentary pleasures,[11] and provides the acronym PERMA to summarize Positive Psychology's correlational findings: humans seem happiest when they have
  1. Pleasure (tasty food, warm baths, etc.),
  2. Engagement (or flow, the absorption of an enjoyed yet challenging activity),
  3. Relationships (social ties have turned out to be extremely reliable indicator of happiness),
  4. Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger), and
  5. Accomplishments (having realized tangible goals)."- from Wikipedia- the free encyclopedia

          From the above thoughts, it is obvious that happiness differs from one stage of being to the other. I know of some people who are happy by just being alone with themselves. They don't want to be interfered in their activities which for them are the ones that give them source of meaning in life.


          There are also people who are happy with their titles like being managers, CEOs, COO, and the like. That when others devoid  them of any recognition and admiration of these titles, it seems their days are incomplete and they feel that they are not worthy. In some cases, what is worst is when they tend to vent their ire on others as if they already lose their sense of being human persons merely due to subordinates not addressing them with their titles. Sometimes, the real cause of this feeling of being unhappy is the sense of insecurity of oneself. 

          On the other hand, others are made happy by their achievements and the accolades that go with them. Moreover there are those who find happiness by being with their loved ones and no matter what their state of life is, they are still happy being with their significant others.

          Hence, in the midst of these various realities, it is important for us to recognize what are those things that make us real happy and how could we also radiate the same happiness to others. No matter what adversities we have in life, there would always be reasons for us to stay happy and be optimistic.

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