In one experiment, Wiseman asked people to self identify themselves as lucky or unlucky. Then he gave his test subjects a newspaper. “Count the number of photographs inside”, he told them.
There were 43 photographs.
On average, the unlucky people took 2 minutes to count them all. The lucky people? Seconds.
The lucky people noticed the giant message that took up half the second page of the newspaper. It said, “Stop counting — There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”
Just found this on my phone – photo of Jen taken by Nate (our 5 yr old) from the back seat of the car as we were leaving for school yesterday morning.
“Here’s why this all matters: These 12 pending requests—and probably many more that didn’t make the list—are a logjam waiting to break.”
“Just as effort alone can’t deliver results, praising effort isn’t enough to help a child develop a love for the challenge of learning.”
This article makes me happy. I get dumb comments all the time like the ones mentioned in the article when I’m out with Nate, as though I’m doing my wife a ‘favour’ by spending time with our son. But it’s not all that surprising, since so many parenting references focus solely on moms.
There is nothing that makes me happier than being a dad to my son. Nothing. And I think I can say the same about the other dads I know.