How do you measure happiness?

Today, 20 March 2015, it is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. But how do we measure happiness for ourselves? And how do we judge happiness in others? Here is a truly fascinating talk by Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist who has made a study of human decision-making, judgement and behavioural economics. Grab a drink, …


Do you have seasonal stress?

free from stress

There’s an old Zen adage that goes something like: ‘You should meditate for 20 minutes every day, unless you’re too busy – in which case you should meditate for an hour.’ This piece of advice seems particularly relevant in the 21st century as we race through the hours and weeks at breakneck speed. So much to do. So little time to do it. Certainly, no spare capacity to sit and do nothing – particularly if you are trying to plan the perfect festive break on top of everything else! Yet time and again, scientific studies have proven the efficacy of simple relaxation techniques in allowing us to free ourselves from the stresses of modern-day living. Being still and relaxing the body can help us to release physical tensions that build up (most commonly around the neck, shoulders and jaw). Focusing on the present moment (or mindfulness, as it is often called) lets…

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On Simply Sitting

Allow yourself time each day to just sit and explore your 'now' … Observe, without judgement, what that feels like for you – your own private refuge.   photo ©  Rose 2014

Do you travel light?

Have you heard the saying: "Travel light, travel far"? The phrase paints quite a picture, don't you think? One zooms along with a smile on one's face, the lightness of luggage literally making it quicker for you to move. The opposite, of course, is the physical energy-sapping effort it takes to shift along a heavyweight of baggage …