Make 2019 your best year yet with 10 hacks for happiness and realistic resolutions

Too many resolutions are hard work and, let’s face it, you’re never going to stick to them if there’s too much effort involved. So says happiness doctor Andy Cope, who has spent 10 years researching positive psychology and delivers courses, centring on themes of happiness, in businesses and schools across the world. Source: Make 2019 … Continue reading Make 2019 your best year yet with 10 hacks for happiness and realistic resolutions

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Ikigai – having balance in work and life

Ikigai , a Japanese word that means “purpose” or “reason for being,” has been adopted in American society to mean having balance in work and in life. In a recent trip to Barnes and Noble, I found five books on the “must read” shelf with ikigai in the title, and there are even more found … Continue reading Ikigai – having balance in work and life

Stop Doing These 3 Things and You’ll be Happier

  Based on all I have seen first hand and read over 30 years as a psychologist and personal coach, there are three things people do that get in the way of feeling happy: 1) Chasing After It A nod here to Shawn Achor who has a great Ted Talk entitled,  How to Be Happy. Source: Stop … Continue reading Stop Doing These 3 Things and You’ll be Happier

How Positive Reappraisal Can Boost Happiness

A few years ago, my car’s transmission blew completely. If I had wanted to, I could have focused on the negative things about this experience–it cost about $2,000 to fix, it happened as part of a string of repairs on that car, I desperately needed that car to get to work, and money was really tight.

Hannah Arendt on Action and the Pursuit of Happiness

“The rediscovery of action and the reemergence of a secular, public realm of life may well be the most precious inheritance the modern age has bequeathed upon us who are about to enter an entirely new world.” “What is happiness, anyhow? Source: Hannah Arendt on Action and the Pursuit of Happiness

Country cool – colour palette

Lush green, wheat yellow and rust brown star in this rural-inspired colour scheme that is quite contemporary.  I call it Country Cool.

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Smile Inducing Portrait Photography

Smile Inducing Portrait Photography ibby Jan 13, 2017 Our heartstrings received a big tug when we came upon a collection of portrait photography shot by Turkish travel photographer Mehmet Genç . We're a bit late to pick up on the work but couldn't resist sharing such a moving project that will surely bring a smile … Continue reading Smile Inducing Portrait Photography

Self Acceptance – is for Grown-ups

  Yesterday I watched a video by Simon Sinek on "Millenials in the Workplace."  It was an excellent discourse on why Millenials are so unhappy.  In the 15 minute interview, he covers the addictiveness of social media to flawed parenting.  He argues an entire generation is growing up with lower self-esteem. His talk reminded me of … Continue reading Self Acceptance – is for Grown-ups

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Mindfulness – 5 blog posts to inspire and calm

Take a mindfulness break Mindfulness practise and meditation is an integral aspect of my working day. It has allowed me to take a softer and gentle approach to the way I design. As I create more space in my mind it changes the way I see. The following 'curated content' are a selection of some … Continue reading Mindfulness – 5 blog posts to inspire and calm

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Attractiveness Bias – Judge a book by its cover

If you have a LinkedIn or a Facebook profile, you would have most likely heard that you should use a professional personal photograph for your profile picture. I took this advice seriously enough to employ one of my professional photographer Friends to take my Facebook and LinkedIn profile picture for me. Despite the adage not … Continue reading Attractiveness Bias – Judge a book by its cover