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Is Facebook Making Us More Lonely? This Video Will Change The Way You Look At Social Media

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Social media has quickly become synonymous with greater connectivity. With a simple click or swipe we are able to connect to hundreds (if not thousands) of people, some of which we have known since elementary school and others we’ve never even met in person but share enough interests with to have crossed each others virtual path. On the surface we may seem more interconnected than ever before, but this video put together by Shimi Cohen shows us that when it comes to interaction, quantity does not trump quality.  More importantly, social media may be the leading cause as to why we are instead more lonely than we have ever been before, check it out:

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The video itself was done as a final project for a college, but is based on both the words of Sherry Turkle at a recent Ted Talk entitledConnected, But Alone,’ and Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article ‘The Invention of Loneliness.’

For me as a viewer, there were a number of points made within this video that really stood out as memorable and/or impactful. The first to really hit me was that we are seemingly inherent social beings yet we live in a world that not only actively promotes but even celebrates individuality. Individual success -that perhaps ripples out into one’s immediate family -is the primary goal of so many of us and can often push us to a point where we will either completely neglect or even negatively impact another solely for our own benefit. Yes, there are obvious exceptions such as team work projects or even organized team sports, but even within those seemingly connected activities, individual productivity and statistics are not only measured but celebrated.

The next concept to really stand out was the reminder of the common thought that “time = money” and how much we let that govern our everyday life. The more we are pressured and expected (both internally and externally) to achieve more and more, the more compelled we are to judge and value everything that we do. This can often lead to us putting only certain things in the classification of being deserving of our full attention, while everything else is expedited as much as possible. This, as the video pointed out, is where social media steps in as the ultimate ‘expediter’ of interaction, using quantity to trick us into believing we not only have an active social life but also that we have a lot of friends. Think about it, how many of your Facebook friends do you actually stay in close communication with? If you’re lucky, it’s probably at max 150 of them (again from the video), and of those 150, how many actually know you for who you truly are?

This leads me to the next point of the video that really stood out for me which is the security and comfort that comes with online social media -or as the video stated “the ability to edit.” Unlike face-to-face communication, social media gives us all the opportunity to shape how we are presented with the hopes of that becoming how we are perceived. We use favorite pictures, thought out responses, witty humor and so much more to create an optimal version of ourselves that as flattering as it may be, is most often not the most accurate a representation of who we truly are.

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The end result: a widely connected but in fact totally disconnected state of humanity.

In my opinion, the challenge now becomes for us to ensure that we don’t let social media become the only form of socialization that we not only practice but also appreciate. We can continue to use it for the incredible tool that it is, but only as our truest selves and not as an edited online identity. It’s time for us to embrace who we truly are, reconnect with one another through conversation (and not just through a like or share), and we might just find ourselves a little less lonely.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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