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Once Upon a Happy Heuristics

The idea behind this blog is that answers to our questions, our problems are everywhere. We just need to dare asking them and learn to refine them all along our unique journey of self-discovery towards becoming the best we can be. Then, we find, by chance or providence, that it’s up to us to make this encounter with destiny, with mystery, count or not. it requires also to ally a certain disposition-a child’s disposition for awe, wonder and enchantment, with the benefit of the perspective of a mature adult.

What’s a heuristic?

I like the definition of  heuristic from Wiki :”Heuristic (Greek: “Εὑρίσκω”, “find” or “discover”) refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Where the exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, or common sense.”  However, applied to self-development, I feel that it is more about attitude and art rather than techniques, methods and strategies though they count too. More on this in the posts. See also the Heuristicon.

Why happy?

Happy:

 favored by luck or fortune : fortunate <a happy coincidence> [a bit redundant]
 notably fitting, effective, or well adapted : felicitous <a happy choice>
enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment<is the happiest person I know> <a happy childhood> (partial listing)”
I was glad to find as a first usage of the term in the dictionary, the reference to “luck” and “fortune” which links back to 2 classic ideas of destiny and fate and the Jungian notion of synchronicity, now generalized. This usage is consciously intended in Happy Heuristics. Of course, the 2 other usages mentioned for the adjective are more common and bear also some importance in reference to positive psychology, with its emphasis on well-being and self-actualization .
There are countless modalities to make happy happen. However Happy Heuristics emphases so-called “right-brain” ones like dreamwork, creative visualization, intuitive collage/ painting/ drawing/ writing, storytelling, heuristic texts, meditation, prayer, associative/metaphoric cards etc…, for they all share a common language and take into account our unique experiences that can be recounted once upon a time and again.

Happy Heuristics!

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