The time to act is now. While not totally fresh off the shelf, I just found this inspiring TED talk by clinical psychologist Meg Jay. Being in the mid-twenties, this short video is highly relevant to me in many ways from relationship, goals and careers.
Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden are the world’s happiest countries, according to the survey of 156 countries. Rwanda, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Benin and Togo — all nations in Sub-Saharan Africa — are the least satisfied with their lives, the report said.
The United States came in at number 17 in the world in terms of overall happiness, but it still lags behind Canada (6), Australia (10), Israel (11) the United Arab Emirates (14) and Mexico (16), according to the Earth Institute.
It’s really interesting to see how the most socialist countries are often the most happiest. And Copenhagen was recently crowed the best city to live in the entire world. If you ever wondered how these Scandinavian nations are able to make money, check out this video on their economic system.
As a Canadian, I am happy to see that the country I live in is ranked 6th. And the only North American country in the top 10. I’ve been to many countries around the world and I can say that they all are beautiful in their own unique ways. I love learning about different cultures and traditions. Better yet, I love trying new foods! However, there is nothing that really beats the thrill of landing back at Pearson International airport in Toronto.
“The photograph is an undeniably powerful medium. Free from the constraints of language, and harnessing the unique qualities of a single moment frozen in time.”
I am confident to say that Steve is my favourite photographer overall. He loves using colour and natural lighting. And his travel photographs are breath taking. You will know him mostly for the “Afghan Girl” in National Geographic magazine.
“If you can capture the element of surprise, you’re way ahead of the game.”
Jay is arguably one of the best street photographers on the planet. I really like how disciplined he is in the “one body and one lens” mantra. Basically, he just wanders the streets of New York with a Nikon D3 and a 28-300mm. Easy, simple with stunning results.
“What I want is the world to remember the problems and the people I photograph. What I want is to create a discussion about what is happening around the world and to provoke some debate with these pictures. Nothing more than this.”
Sebastiao is actually one of my new favourite photographers. Even though he is well known and a Magnum photographer, I just recently discovered his beautiful pieces at the Royal Ontario Museum downtown Toronto. He makes fantastic use of black and white imagery and has been to all 7 continents too.
Mr. Menuez is famous for being Steve Jobs’ photo photodocumenter during the few years of NeXT’s existence.
“Art is a tool that isn’t used enough to effect change.”
One of my more contemporary wild life inspirations, Mattias is a highly regarded National Geographic photographers. He is also one of the most enthusiastic presenters and conservationists.