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.
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?
In our modern-day society, success seems to be measured by what we have done, created or accumulated. As a result, many of us chase career titles, social status or money. Influenced by others around us, and often by the media, we tend to believe that success can be found in material possessions, status, and a life filled with luxury—surrounded by our materialistic culture. We relate this definition of success to happiness and yet, accumulating those things does not make us happier. On the other hand, when we don't achieve those things, our life is not considered a success—judged from the
From work emails to everyday to-do lists, typing has become the chosen method of writing for most things in our lives. Advanced technologies have become so prevalent in our daily routines that they have almost replaced some of the most traditional activities, like handwriting. Fast and convenient, the entire digital process is quick and simple. And yet, even in this digital age, many leaders see keeping a notebook and pen at hand critical, not solely to write down ideas in the moment to refer back to later.
Do you feel like you’re not being productive enough? That you’re not reaching the goals you set up for yourself? Not utilising your time properly and kind of just… wasting your time? Well you’re not alone. Organizing and being productive is something most people struggle with. Proper time-management and really making sure you’re setting the right conditions for yourself to succeed is close to impossible. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not actually impossible. There are techniques, structures, and guides to reach better productivity and enable yourself with the right tools to make the most of your time and