At one time, I was at the top of one of Stockholm’s hottest companies. On the verge of going public, and with an executive marketing title and sizable salary, I somehow felt empty. After some soul searching, I realized that I couldn’t
- 24 Aug 16 1.08 pm
NOA Talks | Measuring HappinessRead more
Lately I have been looking at all sorts of information out there on happiness.
I read up on the UN’s World Happiness Report, and all of the analysis that such volumes of data inspire: everything from the impact of living conditions on happiness to geographic changes and their influence on happiness reporting.
Despite all of this wealth of data, I am still left wondering:
Where is the “evidence” on what and how people think about happiness–if happiness and/or meaning are more important today than 10-20 years ago?
I am talking–not about the actual levels of reported happiness–but a kind of history of happiness as the numbers tell them: a quantitative look at the perception, the attitude towards happiness and meaning. In my mind’s eye, such a study (should it exist) would demonstrate something like:
% of respondents who rate happiness/search for meaning as important in life.
2000: 23 %
2005: 29 %
2010: 40 %
2015: 52 %
I would love to crowdsource this information and see if anybody knows something, or has read about this somewhere. Is there anyone out there that know where to find this data? If so, get in touch with us or leave a comment!
- 23 Aug 16 10.51 amRead more
The Focus School: Top 4 Tips on Unleashing Your Creative Energy
Because periodically letting your mind wander might end up paying off—allowing you opportunities to focus on the biggest picture–you might need tips on just how to activate that wild creative potential: helping turn ideas into action. Here are 4 quick ways to unlocking your creativity!
1. Let Your Mind Jazz It Up
Free association, where you speak whatever comes into your mind without censoring, opens one door to the open-awareness mode.
2. Create Your Creative “Cocoon”
The key to insights and stunning breakthroughs is having clear goals, but also freedom in how to reach it.To make something out of those associations, we need free time where we can sustain an open awareness. And, most crucial, enough time to really think freely. A “cocoon” for ourselves lets the creative spirit flourish; tight schedules and structures kill it.
Take a walk, a long bath or go sunbathing–the relaxing state of mind will open up your awareness, allowing creative thoughts to nourish.
4. Keep a diary
Maintaining a diary is more than just a way to learn from our mistakes, or reflect on ourselves and our attitudes–they allow us an empty slate in which to express our thoughts and views, unconstructed as they may be, without judgement or criticism. This is the raw breeding ground for creativity.
Though there are so many ways to source creativity, these should give you enough to get started. If you have any special tips on how you stay creative, share them in the comments!
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