Ivan Hernandez

Bogota, Colombia

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Ivan Hernandez
Posted about 2 years ago
What is your experience acquiring a new habit?
My research experience onthe problem of how to generate new habits reside in awareness about old habits. They are based on beliefs that have to be analysed, revaluated , contested, not only by myself but by others in a trustworthy process. I guess that getting rid of old habits is not only a matter of individual choice and effort but also about a social process. Seems that our beliefs are correlated to beliefs of others. New habits are in this way the consequence of social interaction and not merely individual choice and effort.
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Ivan Hernandez
Posted over 2 years ago
What if we measure our progress with Gross National Smiling instead of GDP?
My experience after living 5 years in UK and coming back to Colombia (always in the top 10 of happiest countries) is that British have an excellent sense of humour (even better than Colombians) but they don´t enjoy themselves enough. An event in UK that takes out a short laughter in Colombia would escalate into a party. We call it in Colombia "recocha" and it is like a sequence of funny comments as reaction to one spontaneous or deliberate stimulus that escalates into more a more laughter and a very good and relaxing ambience. "Recocha" is a social and witty response that should be incorporated in British and other industrialised countries. In this aspect emergent economies are a good example to follow.