Hanns-Oskar Porr's blog


It's Summer.

Cappuccino flows in Italy.
In Spain, Sangria.
The Grass is green.
The Flowers bloom.
My Son says "Play with me!"


This Honey Badger don't care

"The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger" is a popular YouTube video that quickly went viral. It's a hilarious voice-over of a discovery-channel segment about one of the most fearless animals in the world: the African Honey Badger. The video's tag line soon became a household phrase after a player on the 2011 LSU college football team was nicknamed the Honey Badger: "Honey Badger don't care, it just takes what it wants."

You, too, can learn from this little ferocious animal, the "crazy nastyass Honey Badger!"

The power of memory, or do you remember where you were when you heard that Amy Winehouse died?

Do you remember where you were when you heard that Amy Winehouse died?

The other day I heard a song by Amy Winehouse “Our day may come,” which was released after her death (play it on amazon).

From Lady Gaga to you: the masks we wear

Lady Gaga is known for some of the wildest costumes and makeup ever conceived, as are the rockers of Kiss and Lordi (Eurovision song-contest winner). These performers put on fantastic masks as part of their act. But did you know that all of us wear masks and costumes in our daily lives as well as part of our own “act”?

Consciousness and the physical

In the earlier post “Can the mind heal the body?” I talked about how the mind may be able to induce changes in the body, including some that seem almost surreal (like heat blisters during hypnosis). If this is indeed possible, then this points to a potentially much stronger connection between the mind, or “consciousness,” and the physical than what we are used to believe in. In this article I will consider some of the implications, which are potentially immense. All this touches upon the basic question: What is real?

Look at the bright side

Having a bad day? Feeling the blues? Live dragging you down?

Can the mind heal the body?

[Special note: I wrote this article because one of my friends was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the worst types of cancer, with a very low survival rate. I wanted to provide some inspiration, to him, but maybe also to myself. I am sad to report that my friend did pass away later on, leaving behind his wife and two young children. Riad: you are greatly missed. ]


Excellence literally means “to raise up” or “elevate.” Someone who is excellent at doing something is so because his or her actions stand our high above the rest.

That’s why, when you want to be excellent at something, your actions must “stand out from the rest” -- and not just by being different, or bad, or excessive, but being “better.”

Don’t just be ordinary – be extraordinary.
Don’t just be plain, stand out,
be excellent:
At life
     ...and at whatever you are passionate about.

Happiness Secret: Reward both results and effort

One of the keys to success and happiness is to always reinforce the good and play down the bad. Psychologists have long shown that you can use this to "shape" human behavior. But if you want to also be happier, there is little bit more to it.

Mappiness: Mapping happiness on an iPhone

I often write about techniques that help you live happier. Now there is a free app for the iPhone that may help you do the same. The software, developed by a team of British researchers, allows you to analyze when and where you are the happiest. The findings can give you some insight into your life and help you make lifestyle changes that make you happier.