“No one wakes up in the morning to go to work with the hope that someone will manage us. We wake up in the morning and go to work with the hope that someone will lead us.” Simon Sinek
In Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, the road signs might just take you by surprise: “Life is a journey! Complete it!” “Let nature be your guide” “Inconvenience regretted” These life-affirming mantras are probably to be expected in a country which rejects GDP as the only way to measure progress, and instead proposes a new measurement:… Read More So happy . . .
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi proposes how it feels to be in flow – a state where wellbeing, brain integration creativity and purpose combine: Attention is focused on a limited stimulus field – there’s full concentration Action and awareness merge There’s freedom from worry about failure Self-consciousness disappears Sense of time becomes distorted The experience becomes its own reward… Read More I want it . . .
Begun in 1938 by Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant, the 75-year Grant Study of Adult Development was the longest ever longitudinal study of human development, aimed at unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life. With some acknowledged limitations (not least of all male-only participants), the results, in short, suggest that our lives continue to evolve… Read More The relationship is key (again) . . .
I really enjoyed Lauren Moon’s Trello blog: Working From Home Is Not Remote Work. As someone with a wonderful manager, and working in a team where we are considerate of each other’s needs, the occasional “working from home” day works for us. But Ms Moon is so right … some companies need to work harder on… Read More Not too far away . . .
Things to do in a 5 minute break . . . Some simple desk exercises . . . they’re quick, effective, and don’t even require leaving your office, if you’re not in the mood to walk around. A quick organizational chore. Not one that you dread, or find to be cumbersome. Just something small, like… Read More Start the week . . .
It seems that from the Greek words hedonistic and hedonic, we get the word hedonometer – a device to measure happiness. No don’t laugh (no do, it’s good for you!) … it’s a real thing. A hedonometer is a happiness sensor that relies on linguistics and statistics to assess degrees of pleasurableness. And from it we get hedonology… Read More Pleasure seekers take note . . .
Even the least stubborn amongst us probably find it hard to say “sorry” occasionally. Yet a 2014 study by researchers at the University of Miami found that the most sincere apologies, and also those most likely to induce forgiveness, are ones which include saying, “I’m sorry.” The words, it seems, are interpreted as a means… Read More Sorry to bother you . . .
BBC Home Editor Mark Easton writes a truly wonderful piece on why quiet is good for us: Why August’s ‘silly season’ is good for the soul. Before you say goodbye to August 2018, it might be worth a read, perhaps with the aim of capturing the spirit of this silliest of months to extend into… Read More Don’t be daft . . .