Cool Smashers show they can still dominate as Valdez cheers on

first_imgAir Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube After all, the Cool Smashers have easily figured out how to play sans Valdez, whose contributions are nearly impossible to replicate.And it’s all about playing collectively.READ: Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conferenceOn Saturday, Creamline did just that with Rose Vargas leading the way with 19 points.Pau Soriano added 18 points while Jing Balse turned back the clock with 10 points, four of which off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Alyssa Valdez cheering, Creamline proved it can win minus its superstar spiker even in the big stage.The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 without Valdez in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and it won’t be of any surprise if they end up winning it all in the absence of the three-time UAAP MVP.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “They’ve already played without me and everyone stepped up. I’m just really happy and proud of the team,” said Valdez.“The players showed their heart,” Almadro said.READ: LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffsValdez thinks Creamline will be up to the task of sweeping BaliPure less than 24 hours from now in Game 2.Momentum is with Creamline, but Almadro knows it will take more if the team wants to continue its winning ways.“I guess it’s going to be the mentality of the players for tomorrow’s game. We hope to duplicate our heart and intensity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The team is capable of winning without her,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro after the Cool Smashers downed BaliPure in five sets in Game 1 of semifinals Saturday.READ: Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The team is ready to play without Alyssa.”Valdez is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs to prioritize her national team commitments but she is confident Creamline can get the job done. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Chelsea to outbid Man Utd to land winger – report

first_imgChelsea are ready to outbid Manchester United to land Belgian winger Eden Hazard, The Daily Telegraph report.The Blues are favourites to sign Hazard from Lille, with United said to be reluctant to pay the £35m asking price. Manchester City, who have also shown an interest, apparently have reservations about his wage demands.Hazard is expected to announce his future following Belgium’s friendly against England at Wembley next week.The Sun report Brazilian club Sao Paulo’s claim that Chelsea have made a £23m bid for 19-year-old midfielder Lucas Moura.The player’s adviser Wagner Ribeiro said: “He has the perfect profile to play in Europe. He’s a good player and knows how to shoot.”Meanwhile. QPR boss Mark Hughes wants Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong and Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, according to reports.Hughes was City’s manager when they signed De Jong, who is entering the final year of his contract at Eastlands.The Dutchman was only a substitute for his team’s last four matches of the season, which the Daily Mirror say has alerted Rangers to his possible availability.And the Daily Mail say Rangers and West Ham both want Robinson, who is tipped to leave Blackburn following their relegation.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Michelle Wie becomes engaged to Warriors front office exec

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAt least someone in the Warriors organization had a good time over the weekend.Jonnie West, the Warriors director of basketball operations and son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, went down on bended knee to propose to golfer Michelle Wie in San Francisco, according to Hawaii News Now.She said yes, then posted the happy news on Instagram on Sunday, according to Yahoo — the same day the Warriors were upset by the …last_img read more

South Africa’s most unlikely export

first_imgRodriguez wows his audiences with his 70s songs. His double album – Cold Fact, and Coming from Reality. (Images: Rodriguez website)MEDIA CONTACTS • Stephen Segerman   Owner of Mabu Vinyl, Cape Town   +27 21 423 7635RELATED ARTICLES • SA songbird wins top opera prize • Lira to usher in Obama term • Homegrown artistic talent honouredUpdate: At the 85th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 24 February, Searching for Sugarman won the award for best documentary. The film has been the favourite to win.Director Malik Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn were on hand to accept the golden statuette. The singer himself was absent, because he “doesn’t want to take credit for this film”, according to Chinn, speaking backstage afterwards.Lucille DavieSouth Africa’s most unlikely export must be Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Detroit in the US. The Mexican-American cut two albums in the early 1970s which went nowhere in his homeland but were a huge hit in South Africa, culminating in the 2012 hit movie Searching for Sugarman.On stage in Johannesburg during his February 2013 tour he said: “The last time I was this happy was the last time I was in South Africa.” That was in 2008.After his albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality, flopped in the US, he disappeared for decades into a working class suburb of Detroit where he still lives, continuing his work as a labourer on construction sites, until two South Africans went searching for him.The discovery of the aged hippie, now 70, has the quality of a miracle, with a man who was thought to have died, rising from the dead to become a worldwide sensation.The release of the movie has catapulted Rodriguez into a place very far from his humble beginnings, with tours to Europe, South Africa, Australia, America and New Zealand, coming quick and fast.Sugarman, directed by Sweden’s Malik Bendjelloul, has been nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary and has already won the corresponding award at the 2013 Baftas or British Academy of Film and Television Arts, plus a bagful of other awards. The Academy Awards take place on 24 February.America has fallen for him big time – he has appeared on top-flight talk shows and news channels, and fans just can’t buy tickets for his concerts fast enough.Timeless appealRodriguez’s 2013 South African tour has seen extra concerts scheduled, with tickets sold out within hours. His folk-rock songs have appealed across the generations, a phenomenon seen at the concerts where 20-somethings sat alongside balding 70-somethings.His opening line on stage is typical laid-back Rodriguez: “Thanks for stepping out this evening.”Standing there in leather pants, black vest, black hat pulled down over his forehead, and large shades, he had the audience on their feet after almost every song. The quality of his voice hasn’t diminished over the years – classics like Sugar man, I wonder and I think of you are still able to take the baby boomers back to a dreamy place in the 70s.More than a prince“South Africa made me feel like more than a prince,” said Rodriguez in the movie, talking about his first tour to the country in 1998.Various music producers in the movie described him as better than the Rolling Stones, Elvis and Bob Dylan. And yet outside of South Africa and Australia, he was an unknown entity. All that changed in the late 1990s when two South Africans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and music journalist Craig Bartholomew, set out to find their hero.Rodriguez is an extraordinarily modest, humble man who has lived in the same house for the past 40 years. It was difficult to get hold of him as he didn’t even have a phone in the house, but the two South Africans persisted.They had heard stories that he had died, dramatically committing suicide on stage. Their search began in 1997 – they scoured his songs, looking for clues to his whereabouts. Eventually a clue emerged: in the song Inner City Blues there was mention of a Detroit suburb called Dearborn.In the same year the pair created a website, asking for anyone with details of Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s eldest daughter Eva, who now lives in South Africa, responded by leaving her phone number. Segerman phoned her and told her his story, and she reassured him that her father was alive.Bartholomew describes that revelation as “a euphoric moment”.Segerman left his number with Eva. That night his wife took a late-night call. It was Rodriguez. “Hello, is that Sugar?” he said. “I knew I was talking to Rodriguez, it was one of the greatest moments of my life,” says Segerman in the movie. He had been given the nickname “Sugarman” in the army because he loved listening to the song.Once they’d traced him Segerman and Bartholemew persuaded Rodriguez to tour to South Africa where he still had a huge fan base. That was in June 1998. He had six sold-out concerts in that year and has returned to tour three or four times.But if the Americans were taken aback, the local fans were even more so. It took that first audience of some 5 000 people back in 1998 up to 10 minutes to stop cheering and screaming. Said Bartholomew in the movie: “It’s like seeing someone like Elvis come back from the dead.”And Rodriguez simply said: “Thanks for keeping me alive.” His daughter Eva said: “It was beautiful, a beautiful dream.”An educated manHis three daughters describe him as an educated man with a degree in philosophy, who exposed them to art, music and culture and taught them that they could do anything they wanted. He once ran for mayor of Detroit, wanting to represent the working poor in the city, but wasn’t successful so he continued with his construction work, saying it “keeps the blood circulating, keeps you fit”.His daughter Regan says of him: “He was doing work no one else wanted to do. He was a harder worker than a lot of other fathers were.”Sugarman director Bendjelloul says of Rodriguez in a January 2013 interview: “He was very warm and welcoming and a lovely guy. I really liked him. But he didn’t like to be on camera. It’s very hard when you make a film about someone who doesn’t like getting filmed. So I didn’t get much footage with him. I went there every year for four years, and every time I got maybe 20 minutes of footage.”Of the singer’s sudden fame, Segerman says: “Rodriguez is enjoying room service,” he laughs. “He has his family with him, and it’s one big happy family. He likes meeting his fans.”Segerman has wanted to introduce Rodriguez to his Amercian countrymen since 1997, so is now “just thrilled that the whole world has discovered him and his music. The dream continues”.last_img read more

Google Responds to Android Malware with Remote App Removal

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#web Last Tuesday, news broke that over 50 applications in the Android Market were found to contain malware that could be exploited to gain root control over a phone and steal sensitive data. Google removed the applications from the market but offered no public comment about the issue, and so questions remained about what would happen to the 50,000 some-odd apps that had already been downloaded.On Saturday evening, Google announced that it had initiated the “remote application removal feature,” that allowed it to wipe the malicious apps from infected Android devices without any additional action on the part of users.Google also said that it would be pushing an Android Market security update out to those devices that would prevent attackers from accessing any more information via the exploit. Google said those users would get an email update as well as a notification on their phones that “Android Market Security Tool March 2011” had been installed.According to Google, the malicious applications only impacted those phones running version 2.2.1 and lower. However, that’s still the majority of Android devices, and this episode is another testament to the continuing fragmentation of the Android market. Google says it’s “working with our partners to provide the fix for the underlying security issues,” so the fix is now in the hands of carriers to roll out.But this latest security issue isn’t simply a matter of fragmentation; it’s a matter of malicious apps appearing in the Android Market in the first place. Google says that it is “adding a number of measures to help prevent additional malicious applications using similar exploits from being distributed through Android Market,” but it doesn’t specify what those steps will be. While this may be the first time Google has had to invoke the remote “kill switch,” it isn’t the first time it’s had to yank malicious apps from the Android Market. Is Google doing enough to keep users safe? And what can be done to address the carriers’ role in security? last_img read more

A Balanced Ventilation System With a Built-In Heat Pump

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members A small manufacturing company in Illinois called Build Equinox has developed a new ventilation appliance called the Conditioning Energy Recovery Ventilator, or CERV. Build Equinox was founded by an engineer, Ty Newell, and his son Ben Newell. (Ty Newell designed and built the Equinox House, which was described in a GBA article published in 2011.)The CERV is a balanced ventilation system that includes an integrated air-source heat pump — a type of appliance that has been dubbed a “magic box” by Passivhaus designers. According to Ty Newell, Build Equinox has sold about 50 CERV units.There is just one model of the appliance; Ty Newell told me that “one size fits all.” The CERV is unlike any other appliance sold in the U.S.: Operating the CERV When the CERV is commissioned, the user has to choose the sensitivity of the CO2 and VOC sensors. Even though the human health effects of 1,000 ppm of CO2 are not really comparable to the human health effects of 1,000 ppm of VOCs, the manufacturer of the CERV requires CERV users to choose a single setpoint (in parts per million) for CO2 and VOCs. While this setpoint can be raised or lowered, the CO2 setpoint and the VOC setpoint move in lock-step.Peter Schneider, a senior project manager at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in Burlington, Vermont, has specified several CERV systems. “I set them at 1,000 ppm,” says Schneider.According to the CERV owner’s manual, “In general, a lower air quality setpoint will result in better quality air and higher energy consumption, while a higher air quality setpoint will result in lower quality air and lower energy consumption. On one hand, you do not want to be overventilating your house and producing unneeded conditioning demands on your systems, while on… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

No new car, but Apple is definitely working on autonomous vehicle OS

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Autonomous vehicle#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#WWDC17 Tim Cook recently opened up on one of Apple’s most highly anticipated projects: autonomous cars. For the first time, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, Tim Cook revealed that Apple has been working on autonomous systems. This includes the type of autonomous technology powering self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles.This doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is anywhere close to announcing a product. Furthermore, working on autonomy systems does not mean there will be Apple branded cars rolling down the highway in the foreseeable future, either. The word “systems” is very important.See also: Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in CaliforniaApple could realistically license its autonomous system to existing manufacturers like Ford, Kia, GM, and others that they could use to add the technology to their vehicles. Apple already does something similar with its CarPlay system, adding Siri and making available additional app functionality from the driver’s iPhone.Hardware, software…or both?Then again, Apple has long been known for creating closed, all-inclusive systems that include hardware and software in one package. An actual Apple-branded vehicle designed from the ground up by Apple’s team is not totally out of the question, but reports nearly a year ago indicated that Apple was focusing more on software than hardware.Apple has been rumored to be working on this technology for quite some time. In April, it received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California. The vehicle Apple was using to test its technology? A Lexus RX450h SUV. This puts Apple in good company, as both Alphabet’s Waymo and Zoox are using the same model in their road tests.It’s hard to say exactly when Apple will have something worth announcing to the public. Autonomous vehicles are hard, and companies like Google (now Waymo) have been working on them for nearly a decade.In the Bloomberg interview, Tim Cook referred to autonomous systems as “the mother of all AI projects,” saying it’s “probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on.”center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Bulls-eye for archers in qualifiers

first_imgIndian archers topped the qualification round in the recurve team and individual events to begin their gold quest at the Games on a positive note at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.In the recurve team event, India topped with 1,944 points. England were second with 1,904 and Australia were third with 1,841.In the men’s category, Rahul Banerjee topped with 679 points, while cadet world champion Deepika Kumari topped the women’s category with 609 points. Rahul’s sister and veteran archer Dola Banerjee came second, four points behind Deepika.Jayanta Talukdar finished second three points behind Rahul, while Canadian Jason Lyon was third with 674 points.India’s Tarundeep Rai stood 13th with a score of 647.In the women’s individual recurve event, Naomi Anne Folkard of England was third with 642. Bombayla Devi of India was ninth with 624 points.Monday’s show left India topranked in the elimination round for the men’s and women’s recurve event on Tuesday. However, India did not fare well in the individual compound event for men and women.In the men’s compound event, South African Septimus Cilliers topped with a score of 704, while Englishman Duncan Busby finished second a point behind.Kiwi Stephen Clifton took the third spot two points behind.India’s Jignas Chittiboma ( 693), Chinna Srither ( 691) and Ritul Chaterjee ( 685) finished 17th, 18th and 21st respectively.In the women’s compound section, Gagandeep Kaur came 15th, followed by Jhanu Hansdah, 17th, and Bheigyabati Chanu, 21st.last_img read more

Three Things We Can Learn About OSU From Win Predictor Percentage

first_imgI broke this down a bit for the Iowa State game, but I think the Win Predictor for ESPN is a underutilized tool that deserves a double-take for the season so far.We are now three quarters of the way through the football season and I would say the success of the team in the minds of most fans falls somewhere between “most terrible nightmare” and “beyond wildest dreams” which, while not ideal, is not the worst place to be.While being fairly consistent performance-wise this Cowboys team has given us more than our fair share of ups and downs (I’m of course speaking in terms of both emotion and blood pressure).I talked in the earlier article about how fandom tends to live in this instantaneous reality where each game or drive or down is the highest or lowest moment we could ever comprehend but in reality life is much more consistent. This is superbly easy to see in this Win Probability chart and so I figured I could help us navigate our way through the three final and most treacherous games by looking back and taking three main lessons from earlier in the season.Let’s get to it and may all our cardiologists have slightly less business this year through the benefits of just a bit of perspective!The Three LessonsMason Rudolph has become one of the most clutch quarterbacks in OSU history.You can see the “chameleon offense” of OSU through these charts.Oklahoma State is a real contender for the Big 12 title.So obviously the Pokes struggled at end of game situations through the first few games, but around the Baylor/Texas games it seems like a switch flipped in Mason’s brain and he is a closing machine now.Pay special attention to the last 25 percent of each chart and you can see the improvement that is driven by QB1. You can also see the way Oklahoma State plays offense differently in each game as far as setting up slow drives in games like Baylor and WVU.This also gives us a decent potential gameplan for success against our last three teams. Other than Baylor which was pretty close to 50 percent through the game, OSU has been favored pretty heavily throughout the entire rest of the season. This is a good team that can play with the best of them.VS SELAscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-14-52-amSo this was pretty standard as far as wins over non-FBS schools go. Not much to look at here overall. I have no clue about that uptick at the end but I’m pretty sure OSU was up 50 at that point so safe to ignore the anomaly.VS CMUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-12-amThis is still pretty upsetting. The bottom section with the score, time, and probability. Ugh. But as we can see before the end, there were several large spikes in favor of CMU.Fourth quarter was obviously the first example of end-of-game difficulty for OkState and regardless of the way the game did *should* have ended they left the opportunity there for the Chips. Not the best look for OSU regardless.VS PITTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-24-amSo OSU played a fairly strong game here, though you can see there is another bit of trouble at the end of the game once again.This is the most sporadic of all the win probabilities so far. The line is not smooth and it seems as though the win probability system may have taken a page from the fans! The jump towards the 50 percent line near the middle of the game is Mason’s fumble in the end zone which tied the game. Not yet very clutch.The last half of the game was fairly competitively even and it took a massive heave from Rudolph to Seales to finish off this game.@ BUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-37-amWell that’s not good. Lots of green on this line. The Pokes held up early and caused Baylor a few problems throughout the game, but for the most part, the Bears seemed to dominate this game. It felt that way while watching as well.You can see some interesting line movement here throughout the game. You can see the Cowboys’ drives are more of a slow upward slope, then Baylor gets the ball and there are large drops down.We know OC Mike Yurcich tried to take it B1G style to the Bears with slow grinding drives which kept the Pokes in the game for a while, but Baylor’s quick strike offense was just too powerful and took over the game by the end.VS UTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-49-amThis is one of the Cowboy’s best Win Probability lines. This is also the first game which has shown the Pokes extending their lead near the end of the game and solidly defeating an opponent.What had been a struggle for OSU early in the season has begun to turn into an asset as we move towards the second half of the season. Up to this point they have faced tremendous pressure right to the wire and it appears the Pokes and Mason have finally found their recipe for “Clutch Mason.”VS ISUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-06-amYeesh. Remember that thing where we learned how to finish? Well, I suppose this is a scary yet good example of that. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter Iowa St. had a 92.2 percent (!!!) chance to win. Then Clutch Mason happened.Three touchdowns and a drive resulting in a field goal to finish the game and steal the victory for the Pokes. While I would have liked the Pokes to have made this easier on my heart, their close finishes in the earlier weeks paid off and Mason Rudolph had plenty of confidence to grab a win here.@ KUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-18-amThe worst Win Percentage the Pokes had in Lawrence was 80.3 percent. That seems fair. Has Bill Self ever considered coaching the football team?VS WVU (Homecoming)screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-31-amPokes were favored from the start and, though they struggled at the beginning of the game a bit, OSU clearly came out and shut this game down in the second half.Against a highly ranked West Virginia team Oklahoma State showed that they could both outplay and outlast their opponent without needing to give fans a heart attack at the finish!@ KSUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-18-11-amA crazy back and forth game in the Synder’s version of Hogwarts ended in victory for the Cowboys. Honestly I don’t know how this happened and it still doesn’t feel real.KSU got all the way up to 94.1 percent chance of winning when they punted and pinned OSU at their own 8 yard line with eight minutes left and a nine-point deficit. But again, Clutch Mason. Wow.We’ve discussed if Mason is elite, and we have (and will probably again) talk about records he can break at OSU, but holy cow this dude can ball.There is enough on Mason Rudolph second half comebacks for its own post but this is one guy who does not bat an eye no matter the pressure. We’ve also talked plenty about our confidence level in Mason and how he stacks up to other historic OSU quarterbacks with the ball in his hands and the game on the line.There have been times when his short-intermediate passes have worried me, but gosh, seeing his composure there’s no one I’d rather have back in that pistol with the game on the line than No. 2.Looking ForwardSo what does all this tell us about the rest of the season? We play Tech in Stillwater, at TCU, and at Mordor Norman. Three tough games with three teams that can put up some points.If you quickly scroll through the win percentages so far this year, OSU has improved dramatically in 4th quarter and end-of-game situations. Gundy recently said his goal for the last four games is to be close in the fourth quarter and I fully agree with that idea at this point in the season.Mahomes, Hill, and Mayfield are all good QBs, but when it comes down to it, I have faith that Clutch Mason can pull off a win in just about any situation.Now if we can just get QB1 in a courtroom with some MAC officials to get us one more win….. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Smile, you’re in the happiness business

first_imgYou’re in the business not only of doing good; you’re in the business of making people feel great. I like to quote the researcher M.A.Strahilevitz on this topic: “Most fundraisers probably don’t think of themselves in the business of selling happiness to donors, but that is … their job.”In an interview with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, Gretchen Rubin quotes Lyubomirsky on why this is the case:“Research shows that there are many simple activities that reliably make people happier. My favorite is doing acts of kindness. The generous acts don’t have to be random and they don’t have to be a certain kind (e.g, anonymous or social or big, etc.). We have found that almost any types of acts of kindness boost happiness. And two hot-off-the-presses studies reveal even bigger benefits. An experiment we just published in PLOS ONE showed that when 9- to 11-year old kids were asked to do acts of kindness for several weeks, not only did they get happier over time but they became more popular with their peers. And another big intervention we just finished at a company in Spain showed that asking some employees to be generous to a randomly chosen list of colleagues (we called this our “Secret Santa” manipulation) produced huge benefits (for increasing happiness, connectedness, flow, and decreasing depression) not just for the givers, but for the receivers and even for observers. The recipients of kindness “paid the kind acts forward” and even acquaintances of the givers became happier and were inspired to act more generously themselves.”Smile, you’re in the happiness business.last_img read more