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A little closer to being at peace with yourself by living now

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu For the last few weeks, our focus was on learning how to appreciate our now.Trying to live now compared to somewhere in the past or in an uncertain future is a task to tackle every day. A lot of us get stuck on the idea of being happy when we arrive at a specific goal. While we dream of being there

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A little closer to learning to let go: For a happier today

Most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent. — Dalai Lama Photo by Al Soot on Unsplash Last week, we explored how gratitude can help us to appreciate our now compared to spending too much time thinking about the past or dreaming of the future. Another way to work towards becoming better at living now is to let go of our attachments. That means to let go of any expectation for a specific outcome. Typically, we struggle with that as we do have certain ideas about how things should go or how we want someone

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Are you living your own life?

Taking control and living life on your terms. Mammatus Clouds — Özgür Kusakoglu Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of other people’s expectations on my life. How can I be sure what I do isn’t controlled by my inherent need for harmony compared to what I really want? I guess it’s always going to be something to question and re-adjust. Awareness is probably a good start. “Am I living my own life?” is a good question to ask ourselves. A passage in Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga’s book “The Courage to be

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Set yourself free — Life’s probably (not) a simulation

Do we live in a computer-generated simulation? And if so, what do we do about it? Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash Almost everyone knows the Matrix movies and the grey, dull life Neo is leading before he takes the infamous red pill. Some might’ve already seen the documentary: A Glitch in the Matrix by Rodney Asher, which takes a wide-angle look at simulation theory and its cultural impact. Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle and Gilles Brassard from Montreal’s university published a probability calculation on the topic recently: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2020.0658. In their mathematical model they included the possibility to simulate our thoughts and

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Life is a game - play it!

Thinking about life as a game to be happy and successful Photo by Geeky Shots on Unsplash   Success in real life, success with games Tobi Lütke, Elon Musk, Brenda Romero, Larry Page, Kobe Bryant, Vin Diesel — all very successful in their own fields — play video games. Particularly, Tobi Lütke is a strong advocate of playing games in interviews and on Twitter: I firmly believe that I learned more about building businesses from playing Starcraft than I’ve learned from business books — Tobi Lütke (@tobi) April 1, 2018 Following his take on video games and the discussions around mankind living in a

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Shaping the world around you before it shapes you

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale Photo by Patrick McManaman on Unsplash Mindset or Environment? There’s a lot of different concepts around what helps us to strive, learn, grow and become better. One big part is how we think about things that happen to us. Another part is about who and what surrounds us and the opportunities that come through our environment. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what has a bigger impact on a successful, happy life: mindset or environment. I also strongly believe these two

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One question to guide your actions every day

Photo by Tina Floersch on Unsplash There’s these days you are more cynical, get easily irritated or are just stuck in your tiredness. And that’s very human, don’t get me wrong. The question is though: how do you snap out of it (if you want to)?  Recently, I had one of these days: the little one crashes our sleep, I wake up particularly tired, she whines as she doesn’t want to go to daycare and makes a huge mess while having breakfast, outside someone comes too close walking by, a car driver honks at us

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Lasting Change Beyond New Year’s

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re not a resolutions type you still might catch yourself thinking of what you want to change in 2021. Last week, two researchers from Sweden published a study that looked at New Year’s resolutions. They wanted to understand what makes people more likely to be successful at sticking to them. They set out to learn more about: What kind of resolutions do people make? Do different resolutions reach different levels of success? … and if it is possible to increase the likelihood of a resolution’s success

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