A Life Worth Living

There is no away... suggestions for treading lightly on the earth

There is no away... suggestions for treading lightly on the earth

This is a subject I feel quite passionate about - and I wondered whether it fitted into my business concepts or not. Then I realised that 1) I don't care if it does or doesn't and 2) I think it does.

You see, I don't think you can care about your body, mind and soul without taking notice of what is going on in your environment.

Top tips when you're 'at liberty' from work

Top tips when you're 'at liberty' from work

I bumped into someone recently who for health reasons had to stop working (temporarily). Money is not too big an issue (husband works full time) and the health problem isn't so serious. I asked her how she was enjoying not working. She replied 'I don't like it, I'm struggling to feel that I have a purpose in life' :0

I was a little surprised. And then I realised….

Finding your best self

Finding your best self

Some time ago I did an online course titled "The Science of Happiness" (I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in what actually causes us to feel happy and have long term joy. For more information click here).  During this course we completed an exercise that was designed initially by the wonderful doctor of happiness herself - Sonja Lyubomirsky with another researcher Kennon Sheldon. They conducted a small study comparing this exercise to a 'Gratitude Exercise' - another popular mood enhancing technique. It was found that:

People who completed the .... exercise daily for two weeks showed increases in positive emotions right after the two-week study ended. Those who kept up with the exercise even after the study was over continued to show increases in positive mood one month later

New Years Resolutions - How to make them, how to keep them!

New Years Resolutions - How to make them, how to keep them!

New Year Resolutions

How to make them. How to Keep them!

We often enter the new year with new resolutions - something we want to change, do differently, a behaviour or a goal we want to attain - be it health, wealth or happiness related. Here a few hints on how to make that happen!

Work Less, Live More

Work Less, Live More

This has been something that has been on my mind for quite some time.

And something I have been trying to get my head around for a while.

I know so much has been written about it and I know that there have been all sorts of ideas and suggestions to 'throw away your day job and travel the world'. And that's all very well and good (if that's what you want to do). But it's not at all possible.

Is it?

pAris speaks

pAris speaks

The aftermath of the Paris bombings has left me feeling a little shaken. My daughter lives in the centre of Paris (read about her thoughts the following day here)

A friend of hers was in the theatre where over 120 people were apparently rounded up and gunned down - mostly one by one.

I can not begin to understand what it was like for the people inside that building. I also can not begin to think what is going on in the minds of the people that are part of the organisation who chose to wreak such havoc on a otherwise peaceful city.

How can we as humans get things so wrong?

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda..... The truth about choice

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda..... The truth about choice

Ever get stuck on the word 'should'?

You know - I should do some exercise. I should phone my friend. I should eat some spinach.

And then the word 'must'... I must sort out my filing, I must pay attention. I must pay the bill.

The definition (according to the online dictionary) of the word 'should':

used to indicate duty, propriety, or expediency.

Effects of Global Learning: Global Warming, Global Kindness

Effects of Global Learning: Global Warming, Global Kindness

Today I had a Skype call with a few of the participants in the study group of the Science of Happiness course through Edx.

This was my second Skype conference call.

And both times I have come away from these with a profound sense of appreciation.