Posts Tagged: happiness

The Quest for Happiness

The dominant idea in our society, which may very well have been dominant for centuries, is that happiness comes when the circumstances are ‘right’. But unless you practise and get better at being happy in the present, in the circumstances as they are now, no matter what the circumstances will be like in the future, they will not make you happy. So, let’s take a look at how to get better at being happy.


Do you need to be de-hypnotised?

Hypnotic spiral with a black ball on top

If you have not already invested a fair bit of energy into your personal growth and development – and more often than not, even if you have – you most likely need to be de-hypnotised. Early childhood experiences – and many later experiences in life – result in beliefs about yourself that “feel” true even though they are simply erroneous beliefs. Just like in a hypnotic state, what you experience “feels” real even though it is nothing more than a “dream”. When the hypnosis is broken, you are again free to be who you are, and to clearly see what is right for you in your life.


The six essential ingredients that make work meaningful

Tired young man at the office

I don’t think I have ever met anyone who would not want their life to be meaningful. Yet, I find it surprising how little thought people apply to how they can make work meaningful. Based on many years of academic surveys, Brent Rosso at Montana State University has put together a list of six attributes that make work meaningful.


Mid-life crisis, or opportunity, or both?

Man stretching arms out at sunrise

When we stop dismissing the mid-life crisis as a joke, we may recognise it as something far more important and meaningful; an opportunity for growth and self-actualisation.


How meditation can help your brain toward increased happiness

Female meditator sitting on the grass

Research has shown that “mind-wandering” decreases happiness, but also that the practice of meditation over time has the effect of reducing the mind’s wanderings, and furthermore that long-term meditators have more developed connections between brain regions involved in self-monitoring and cognitive control.