The Happiness Budget

The Happiness Budget

UN’s Human Development Index creates a yearly World Happiness Report, which outlines a number of factors believed to contribute to wellbeing or happiness. This information is another way to gauge how well a country is doing rather than relying solely

Burning the midnight oil & money does not buy happiness

Burning the midnight oil & money does not buy happiness

The head of a major car company was in the news recently. He sent an email to his staff at 1:20 in the morning urging them to work harder in pursuit of the company’s goals. This message was wrapped in

3 sacred spheres of space and time

3 sacred spheres of space and time

As I settle back into my early morning bus ride, which I had a three-week break from, I am reminded of the different spaces we inhabit on a regular basis. Our work, home and the ‘in between’ space which splits

Good enough or wabi-sabi?

Good enough or wabi-sabi?

When I was learning how to sew, I needed a lot of guidance. The old Kenmore was persnickety sometimes and difficult for my unexperienced hands to thread. I was not as attentive to detailed instructions in the pattern, as I

Money, happiness and human needs

Money, happiness and human needs

In many Western societies, somebody declared that the pursuit of happiness is job number one. Everything we do should be in service to making ourselves feel happier. Closely followed by follow your passion, and other such platitudes. It starts early

Is your ladder leaning on the right wall?

Is your ladder leaning on the right wall?

Have you seen the Gary Vee video, ‘The Human Pursuit of Happiness’? Go ahead, click on the link, invest 6.24 minutes. The root of his message is important, an idea which is dear to my heart as well. It’s almost

Why are you happy when I’m so sad?

Why are you happy when I’m so sad?

It is a trick of the brain when 2 people can be experiencing the same circumstances and one person enjoys themselves while the other does not. Or the same people can participate in a familiar activity and on one occasion

Staying in the moment, but planning for the future

Staying in the moment, but planning for the future

I think there is a delicate balance between being mindful of living in the moment and the more cerebral task of planning for the future. A well-rounded person manages both aspects and combines them into each day, appropriately. The ebb

Living life with love, a meditation

Living life with love, a meditation

Meditation is not easy, even though it should be. The instructions are hopelessly simple. Sit, relax and clear your mind of thoughts. Focus on your breath. Stay that way. Sometimes I am lost in thought before a guided meditation even

Dream jobs and Living in the moment

Dream jobs and Living in the moment

My sister asked the family in a letter recently, “are you in your dream job and if not, what is your dream job?” She was fresh from a social engagement where the topic was being discussed. She is also in her