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
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
We all have it, that internal chatter which is consciously and unconsciously commenting on what we do, valuing and judging whatever it is we have done, and what there is still to be done. That voice gives us instructions as well as feedback and generally accompanies us through life just as a narrator guides you through a story.
Social connections and relationships are one of the key aspects when it comes to our wellbeing and happiness. We humans are inherently social beings, independent of our culture, age, socio-economic background, or personality traits in terms of being an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert. Our emotions get triggered and influenced by the people we surround ourselves with and we thus feel the direct impact of them on our mood and mental state.
Luckily not… understand the difference between both concepts to set yourself up for success! It's kind of cliche to talk about habits and routines with the start of the new year right? Everybody knows by now that January is typically the time to set new year's resolutions, just so that we can abandon them again one month later… if we even make it that far. We think about sticking to a better diet, going to the gym, being kinder to our partners, and maybe calling dear mum more often. But somehow really keeping up those resolutions and building strong habits
December is fast approaching and most of us, if we haven't already started, find ourselves in the yearly rabbit whole of Christmas gift shopping. And if you are anything like me, this period and task always feels a little draining… What would the suitable gift for your special someone be? What have you been giving last year? And what would a great sustainable gift be? Something that really brings value and doesn't just clutter our homes without any real purpose?
The most obvious change in autumn is visible in nature. The wind is picking up, the days become shorter, and most importantly, the colors are changing. The lush greens of the summer are making room for a more earthy palette of oranges, reds and yellows. When strolling through forests, the leaves on the ground make that distinctive autumn sound. Knowing that a hot chocolate is waiting when coming home, the cosy vibes are complete. The transformation of nature however, is not the only transition we are experiencing. This season invites us all to generally embrace the energy of change, of letting