Stress? Pause. Respond

In 2016, there were 11.7 million working days lost due to work-related stress, anxiety or depression, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive. Consider the significant suffering experienced by all those individual human beings. And clearly it also has a huge financial impact on a business. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, knowing how to recognise …

Letting go of Perfection

Is perfect worth it? Love or loathe it, Facebook is one of the most successful businesses of our age and emblazoned on its office walls are a series of powerful company values. One is “done is better than perfect”. Another, “move fast and break things”. Could Mark Zuckerberg’s rejection of perfection be key to the success of this trailblazing company? …

The perfect present

Who hasn’t stared out of the office window smiling as they remember good times past; or dreamed of future plans? Mental time-travel is natural and can be emotionally enriching. So what if you considered that, in reality, the past and future don’t really exist? When we actually experience the future and the past, we experience it as the present. There …

Well-being bank account

A happy working and personal life is, as we know, all about balance. So I like to think of myself as having a ‘well-being bank account’. Keep it well in the black and you’re more able to handle one of life’s ‘withdrawals’ any time – big or small. The question is, how do you keep making ‘deposits’, even during the …

An open mind

As the visionary musician Frank Zappa once said: “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” This is as true in the workplace as it is in life. Taking an open-minded approach to different situations and people at work does more than endear you to them (and vice versa). So, how does open-mindedness benefit …

Some things are in your control, some are not

As the famous 20th Century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr very succinctly puts it, “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” So what are some examples of things you can’t control? the weather, the traffic, what others say, other people’s moods and the …

The value of values

If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, what word (or words) would run through your core? Determined? Imaginative? Fun-loving? Values can be hard to pin down because they’re so deeply embedded in our personality and psyche and they can get covered over by behaviours or lifestyle we’ve fallen into. Sometimes, though, it’s helpful to take stock of the things …

Turning heaven into hell and hell into heaven

Years ago, the philosopher Bertrand Russell took a light-hearted look at how our perspective shapes our experience when he said “I am firm; you are obstinate; he is a pig-headed fool.” Different people can respond to the same event, person or situation in completely different ways. We create our own interpretation and then act as if that interpretation is a …

International Day of Happiness

The 1st ‘International Day of Happiness’

20th March 2013 was the United Nations’ first ever ‘International Day of Happiness’. The importance of universal well-being is being given greater priority than ever before, thanks to its positive impact on all areas of economic, social and cultural life. It’s pretty significant when 193 member states agree on a resolution like the International Day of Happiness. But they’re certainly …