When going over the calendar for the month of September you will see that on September 8th, we celebrate World Literacy Day which was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1966. Diving deeper into this topic you will find statistics showing that while in 1820 just 15% of the world's population was literate, today - around 200 years later - it is the other way around, just 15% of the world's population is illiterate, an improvement of more than 70%. To many of us, being able to read and write is one of the most habitual and unconscious things we do and experience
We all know that first day of work after a long summer break, right? Your alarm clock goes off way too early, you are 'forced' to wear regular office attire once again after being used to swimwear and flip flops, and instead of having your morning commute from your bed to the beach, you find yourself in a good old traffic with hundreds of other grumpy people. And then your work day hasn't even started yet… The real challenge actually arises when you open your inbox and find hundreds and hundreds of emails to work through. Let's get a coffee
Have you ever experienced a shared moment of belly-aching laughter with a friend that left you fulfilled, loved and whole? Do you remember the comfort of sharing a fear or regret with someone you could trust for 100%? Then you know and have experienced the power of friendship and its positive and rewarding effects on you and your emotional as well as physical well-being. It doesn't surprise us then that one of the five happiness dimensions has been found to be 'building and maintaining meaningful relationships'.
Let's be honest. Don't we all spend too much time at our screens? Having video calls all day long for work and then binge watching the newest season of our favourite show by night. And yes, urban living with every possible café and restaurant close by definitely has its charms. Not to mention that our smartphones and other speakers in the house continuously supply us with an undercurrent of background music. Yes, guilty as charged.
How do we define wellbeing? Is it a balanced state of mind, a healthy lifestyle, feeling happy and healthy and content in life, or is it a mix of all of the above? Based on a couple of very distinct views of human nature, there are two popular theories surrounding what really contributes to our sense of wellbeing. These two theories are termed the hedonic approach and the eudaimonic approach.
It seems like these days you cannot check the news without getting at least one piece of information related to our environment, climate change, green politics, or any other sustainability topic. And don’t get me wrong, it is about time that the subject of sustainability is discussed and dealt with on a more mainstream level. One consequence of the huge amount of information available, the mostly negative and catastrophic doom scenario depicted, and the sheer complexity of the issue, is however that many individuals feel like that there is nothing they personally can contribute. That the solution must come from