Category On Happiness

The Top 5 Commencement Speeches

Commencement speeches… the final words of wisdom that almost-graduates receive before heading out into the big world.  These are important speeches.  I have had the privilege of attending 2 or 3 graduations a year at IESE Business School over the last 13 years. Top 5 Commencement Speeches Here are my 5 favourite commencement speeches.  They […]

How to Concentrate

I met Dandapani at EO Instanbul University and have since met him in Barcelona when he came to run a 1 day retreat for our chapter of the EO organisation. He spent 10 years as a Hindu monk, and now shares what he learnt about using our mind and our awareness in an intentional manner. […]

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Happiness = The Quality of Your Relationships

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. What is the Most Important Aspect of a Happy Life? It is the quality and depth of your relationships that make all the difference…  to […]

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Imagination defines humanity

It is imagination that makes humans unique in nature. Genetically we differ 2% from chimpanzees and 3% from worms. It is not our genes that have us living in penthouses and connecting on facebook. Our difference is the human cortex, the layer of brain that is most highly developed in humans.  The cortex is where […]

How to Make a Country Rich, Build Attractive Cities and Become a Better Person (in 27 minutes)

Three wonderful short videos from The School of Life youtube channel, total duration 27 minutes: How to Make a Country Rich If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? We invent a country, Richland, and try to imagine the […]

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The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

This post was originally published on Alternet and it is written by coaching guru Cloe Madanes. The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People Most of us claim we want to be happy—to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share love and friendship with other people and maybe other species, like dogs, cats, birds, and […]

“Koyaanisqatsi”

“Koyaanisqatsi” is a Hopi word. It means “life out of balance.”  The Hopi are a Native American people who primarily live in the region around Arizona. The name Hopi is a shortened form of Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (“The Peaceful People” or “Peaceful Little Ones”). What is balance? What is a balanced life? Does such an ideal […]

Loneliness and Aloneness

Loneliness and Aloneness are different. Loneliness is an emptiness and the desire to fill this space with another person in the hope that the emptiness will be filled and removed. Loneliness is to be unhappy alone; and leads to misery together. Loneliness leads to a possessive relationship that is not love. It may begin with […]

Sculpture garden at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

What is art for?

In 2001 I spent a weekend in Denmark with 3 friends. We spent Sunday morning in the sunshine visiting the Louisiana modern art museum 40 kms north of Copenhagen. The setting was beautiful, right on the coast with views over the water to Sweden. One of my friends said “this place is beautiful, its a […]

How do I become a … ?

Good speaker? Writer? Dancer? Singer? Runner? How do I become one? How does the whole thing come together? How will I know if it really is my thing? Will it be worth it? There is only one way to find out. There has really only ever been one way. The way to mastery in the […]

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