Today is Sunday time for a weekly recap about this past week! Linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer
In my private life
First of all, I’ve been a LAZY BLOGGER this pas week but a very active reader!
The days are so short in winter and honestly when I went home from work and it was dark outside I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a good book. Not blog or blog hop (shame on me!). So I decided to indulge and it did not help that I have read a fantastic book this week: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo! Review coming tomorrow.
And when I was not reading that one I was listening to another historical book so …
Referring to today’s title now…
This week has been filled with …outbursts from members of my family.
It seems that communicating is a very difficult thing and I always had to intervene and explain that “No, when your dad is shouting he is not being aggressive (no kidding read further)”. “Yes when you reply without shouting the tone you use is perceived as aggression”.
Then this morning : “Yes what she said was not respectful but she is tired and cranky”. “I know your dad is stubborn but let things cool down a bit.”
See what I mean?
I swear sometimes I should just buy popcorn and count points!
I remember when I began dating my husband and we visited his father’s family on Sundays it was always filled with shouts! It was their “normal” communication. Everyone was hot blooded and they all talked so loud!
So yes, for him, shouting is not meant as an aggression.
Yes, right…. Sigh.
I sometimes think I’ve missed my calling and would have been perfect to negociate peace treaties between enemy armies! Maybe it’s not too late to send my application? 😀
On a very positive note: this week at work we had an inspirational speaker who officially is a “Professeur de bonheur” “Teacher of happiness”. What a delightful profession right?
We learned among other things that scientists study happiness sometimes for more than 30 years!!! Another missed calling for me because that sounds so cool!
They learned that happiness is 50% genetic, 10% linked to exterior factors and 40% in your hands!
So you can work to feel happier that’s the good news!
Many of the “tips” she gave us I already do and one information was very interesting. We all have qualities. In fact there are officially 24 qualities recorded by scientists. When you have to do a task, lead a project or solve a problem, instead of using the qualities you THINK are bests for the task at hand if you use your predominant qualities to do it, you’ll spend less energy and will do it faster, even if it’s unorthodox.
So I went to the site to test my qualities and see which were predominant in my profile.
Here are my top 5 followed by the category they belong to:
-Love to learn (Wisdom);
-Kindness and generosity (Humanity);
-Open minded and analystical mind (Wisdom);
-Perspective and objectivity (Wisdom);
– Acknowledge beauty, is moved by beauty (Transcendence).
If you want to pass this “test” here is the link (you have to create your profile and it’s from the VIAME Institute of Minneapolis): http://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register
This kind of speech is a real booster! And part of being more happy is being grateful. So here I am, grateful to have such opportunities given by my employer!
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
As I’ve said, I’ve been a lazy blogger and posted only one review this week but three are planned for next week! I have read and loved The Living Canvas by Pepper Winters, sequel of the Body Painter!
As we had a free Top 5 Tuesday I just posted about our #ownvoices blog tour and chose to speak about Birthday by Meredith Russo.
And as I was lazy and completely engrossed in Ninth House, I missed the Thursday discussion schedule and posted on a ….Wednesday 😆 Yet this was a fun post about what non readers should know if they plan to date or marry a reader!
On the blogosphere and literary world
First something non bookish but just AMAZING! I am a big fan of nature and wildlife photography well the one who won the Wildlife Photography prize this year is a Chinese Yongqing Bao and PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK! This is just an extraordinary picture, witness of a moment where a yellow belly marmot has been totally spooked by a fox!
You also have other photographies to enjoy following the link to the Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-fox-spook-marmot-cougar-take-down-alpaca-and-more-wildlife-photographer-year-winning-images-180973378/
Back to book business
Epic Reads, my go to quiz blog, asks us What role we would play in a murder mystery. I am happy to tell you that I solve the mystery! Pfew 😀
I skipped some blog hopping as I explained but I loved Kaya’s post about when beautiful writing is too much.
That was my week in a nutshell!
Do tell me how your week went and now that I’m caught up with the reviews I will blog hope and comment.
Thanks for reading!