The authentic happiness & some bakings

This book is fascinating! I can’t put it down, already finished 1/3 of it in <24 hs just at lunch and bed time. Whoever wants to learn about Psychology, Happiness and Positive thinking should read this. But caution: this books is written by a Ph.D in psychology, therefore almost everything he says, he backed up with research evidence. I’m a researcher so I’m fascinated but I’m aware that not everyone wants to read research papers in their leisure time to learn how to be happy. But don’t worry, I’ll share with you the best of it. πŸ˜‰

So what are the questions he wants to answer: (the most important part of any research project! Trust me, it’s the hardest part as well)

Why has evolution endowed us with positive feeling? What are the functions and consquences of these emotions, beyond mking us feel good?

Who has ositive emotion in abundance, and who does not? What enables these emotions, and what disbls them?

How can you build more and lasting positive emotion into your life?

What’s is the difference between positive psychology and hedonics? A hedonist wants as many good moments and as few bad moments as possible in his life, and simple hedonic theory says that the quality of his life is just the quantity of good moments minus the quantity of bad moments. But it is a delusion because the sum total of our momentary feelings turns out to be a very flawed measure of how good or bad we judge an episode to be.

The belief that we can rely on shortcuts to happiness, joy, comfort and ecstasy, rather than be entitled to these feelings by exercise of personal strengths and virtues, leads to legions of people who in the middle of great wealth are starving spiritually. And this book is about Β how to exercise our strengths and virtues read the authentic happiness.

to be continued…


Another day of work with 2 computers running and me waiting. I’m cultivating my patience πŸ˜‰

As you might have expected… more wraps! πŸ˜†


guacamole made with onions, tomatoes, black bean and avocado


I learned to first divide the filling into the wraps so I don’t have a over flow on the second one


I even learned to wrap it a real wrap πŸ˜‰



after a long day of work I felt urge to do some baking. So I made a quiche using spinach, tofu, brown rice and eggs.


roasted some almonds for snack


and baked some black sesame cookies


Ingredients for 20 mini cookies

  • 1/2 cup WW flour
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup grounded black sesame seed with sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup silk

Combined everything, sit at the fridge for 20 min and bake for 30 min at 350F




It doesn’t look very pretty… but I really like it because I love black sesame seeds! πŸ˜†

It’s Monday but I’m taking half day off today and tomorrow because I friend of mine from Argentina is visiting for 24 hs… so I’ll be giving him a tour πŸ˜‰

DC, here I come!!!

It’s funny that when I was searching for itinerary, I was more interested on which restaurant to take him πŸ˜‰

Q: Are you a pessimist or optimist? Do you think it’s an inherited or acquired character?

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11 responses to “The authentic happiness & some bakings

  1. lesouefsbrouilles

    that guacamole looks soooo good!

  2. STAR

    It is not so easy to keep positive psychology.
    I think the most import is try to be open mind. to keep good communication with others. and try to be good to others. and try to enjoy and cherish every good moment and good things.

  3. i love that star comments on your blog πŸ™‚

    your wraps have been awesome, i know i havent commented much lately but i have been reading from google reader! those cookies look so unique and good!

    have fun in DC.

    i try to be as optimistic as possible!


  4. Sounds like a great book!

  5. That book sounds like a very interesting read! Oooh, I love black sesame seeds too, I I know I would love those cookies!

  6. Those cookies look great! And so does the quiche.

    I try my best to be an optimist, but it doen’t always work that way. :/

  7. Hey the sesame cookie looks really great!!! is that very similar as star’s mom version??? did u bring HUGE jars of sesame from China too? he he , i feel you are infused by them these days!

  8. totally loving the wraps!! and the black sesame cookies look so good! i’m sure some people would be put off by the appearance/taste of black sesame seeds, but i love them too πŸ™‚

    yay for having a friend come and visit!! always fun!

  9. The book sounds really interesting. My undergrad degree is in psychology, and I love reading anything with psych references! πŸ™‚

    I would like to say I’m an optimist, but it’s not always true… I think optimism and pessimism are inherited as well as acquired…

  10. That sounds like my kind of book, I love well researched books!
    Love your eats, especially those cookies and the guac!

  11. I try really hard to be optomistic, and I do think it’s an acquired characteristic, but it also depends on your parents. Basically I think you learn from them as you grow, and watch how they go through life, you know? This book sounds so interesting. Like you, I like it when books quote research and use research to back up what they say. It makes the book much more believable and valid.

    Your wraps look fantastic, Coco. I love giant wraps that can fold up into compact wraps of goodness. Yum. And those cookies? So cute!

    Have a great time with your friend in D.C. ! Say hi to the president for me πŸ˜‰

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