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December 10, 2008

Self-Help Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Edward Bottone writes a wonderful ode to fat. (Link thanks to Cranium Creek.)

* Jimmy Moore interviews a health expert who strikes me as sensible and helpful, Dr. John Briffa.

* Exercise-and-eating guru Mark Sisson thinks that there are some very good reasons why Oprah can't control her weight. UPDATE: Dr. Michael Eades contributes some hunches too.

* Is Matthieu Ricard the happiest man on earth?

* MBlowhard Rewind: I wrote about the Slow Movement, here and here.



posted by Michael at December 10, 2008


What's nice about Ricard is that he is not a "happiness huckster" out to gain a fast buck by showing you how to "find the inner child within", etc. When he asks the question, "Is your happiness dependent on another person or persons?", you know he's for real. The happiest persons I have ever met were self-contained individuals who genuinely enjoyed what they did, whether artists or craftsmen, or anything else. They simply pursued this interest for its own sake and were happiest when they could bring some joy to others as a result. I believe Mazloff called them "inner directed". These people are rare. They exude a certain spiritual balance that endows them with attractive personalities without a trace of ego. Enjoy them when you get the opportunity to be close to them.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on December 10, 2008 4:53 PM

Is simply "slowing down" the same as the Slow Movement? Slow Food seems to be based on nice principles, if you're rich enough. But the idea could be the same as, say, an imaginary Slow Furniture movement. Would we all like to have handcrafted furniture made by local artisans? Sure, but can we pay $1,000 per chair for craftsmanship slightly better than than the evil, corporate, mass-produced stuff we get for $79?

Posted by: kgaston on December 10, 2008 5:06 PM

Jimmy Moore interviews a health expert who strikes me as sensible and helpful, Dr. John Briffa.

Am I the only one who read this as "Dr. Jello Biafra"? Christ I hope not.

Posted by: Brian on December 11, 2008 11:36 AM

Me too Brian.

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on December 11, 2008 6:04 PM

Don't be too hard on yourself, Brian. After all, Jello B is a health wait, more than that, much more than that, he's a Health Master. I'll bet he's helped a lot more people than this Briffa guy.

I mean what more can you say about a guy who formed a band called Lard years before Gary Taubes came along?

Posted by: PatrickH on December 12, 2008 8:40 AM

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