Recognising Random Acts of Kindness
The concept of actively improving happiness is becoming a major talking point, with organisations such as Action for Happiness striving to make the world a happier place. Following World Happiness Day in March, it really does seem as though people are starting to take happiness seriously. This week, I’ve seen Facebook friends sharing 3 positive […]
David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves “Adam I” and “Adam II.”) Brooks asks: Can […]
Happiness at Work: Taking a Step Back
Last week, we shared a blog on the habit of negativity. In the article (which you can read here), we raised the notion that perhaps negativity has become a habit of the workplace, rather than something employees realise they’re doing. It’s interesting that so many people consider that they’ll be miserable from 9-5, Monday to […]
Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. Find more inspiration at www.ted.com.
Is being negative at work your worst habit?
At work, there’s nothing quite as potent as the negativity of a colleague. You’ll know the type – they’re sour faced, always complaining, and can seemingly find nothing enjoyable in work …or life, for that matter. It’d be easy to say they’re disengaged and unhappy at work. It’d make life simpler to believe that they […]
Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. Find more inspiration at www.ted.com.
Flexible Working: How important is positivity?
The law on flexible working in the UK changed on 30th June 2014 – meaning that thousands of employees throughout the UK now have the right to request flexible working arrangements. With many people busy considering and submitting their ticket to achieving that elusive work-life balance, what’s the key to making flexible working work for […]
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. Find more inspiration at www.ted.com.
Happiness: It’s in the little things
I’ve got a secret. Whenever I tell people, they look at me with the kind of cynical eyes that only English people can muster. They think I’m lying, or that I’m so naive and comparably new to the working world, that what I’m saying is somehow vaguely amusing. Or adorable. Or just plain smug. So, […]