How can having an education, or at least a greater ability to think more critically, make us happier? Not necessarily because it lands us better jobs or careers.
But because it allows us to make sense of our daily grind of life – turning situations of banality and self-absorbed irritation in this dense segmented urban space into opportunities to make sense of the world and to wonder about those around you. The dozens in your ATM or taxi queue, the hundreds squeezing on the bus and train, the thousands in the university. What are their probably backgrounds? Their stories? What sides of their personality or life do we not see? How did we all land up in this situation?
“Learning how to think” really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.Because if you cannot or will not exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”
Yet another reason for ensuring green spaces thrive in our dense urbanized city state.
According to this article on the site Atlantic Cities, urban parks enhance your brain. The article cites a psychological study that claims how “simple and brief interactions with nature can produce marked increases in cognitive control”. Not only are attention and cognition enhanced, but the same researchers also found out later on that city parks lead to better moods as well.
What are the implications though? Could this be a reason why we feel stressed, tired and moody when having meander our way through the dense urban streets and walkways? Is there an indirect bearing on our collective intellect and creativity as well?
The World’s Leading Creative Class Countries
by Richard Florida (link here)
Yesterday, I looked at how the nations of the world stack up on technology and innovation. Despite predictions of U.S. technological decline and the rapid rise of the BRIC countries, America and other advanced nations continue to hold an overwhelming lead in technology and innovation. Today I turn to another key dimension of economic progress: human capital.