Why did I choose this particular name for my blog?
As you might know, positive psychology is one of my interests. A while ago, I made myself a list of 22 things happy people do. I want to share this list with you =)
This will be the first part of the list.
Grandfather sat in his rocking chair by the fireplace. He seemed absentminded. More absentminded than usual, if that is even possible. Since I can remember, he lives a withdrawn life. Growing up without a father or a mother, living and being raised by my grandparents was already difficult for me. It was even more difficult feeling a disconnect between my grandfather and myself. When I tried to ask my grandma, if I did something wrong he just shook her head, embraced me and said, “give him time”. But she also didn’t want to explain what it was about.
Today, I had a short conversation with my sister that made me think. When and how often does my unintentional thoughtlessness cause bad feelings in others?
Find your purpose. For most people, this is easier said than done. I’d like to take you on my own journey to discover my purpose. In sporadic intervals, I will reflect on what my purpose might be and how I can find it. In this entry, I want to reflect about the connection between our interests and our purpose.
This month’ YouTube channel is again one of my favorites. Once a month, they post educational videos on a wide array of topics. Its name: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. The team says about themselves that it creates “Videos explaining things with optimistic nihilism“.
Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish our loved significant other, a day that can be the cause of beautiful moments but also despair. That is why I want to dedicate this entry to those of you who are or feel alone. I can speak from my own experience that this day was not the most pleasant of days for me. I felt lonely and was longing for my soulmate to finally come to make my days brighter. I hope you already realize the fault in this belief.
Today 124 days of writing a blog are over. I already reached a third of my goal. This means, now it is time again to do my monthly reflection of writing a daily blog.
Once a month I select the tea of the month from my collection of teas. This month it is the Candy Apple Tea by Tee Geschwendner.
I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from the New York Times question series: 36 Questions – How to fall in love.
If you want to start at the very beginning, you can find question 1 here.
And if you just missed the last answer to question 12, you can find it here.
We tend to correlate success with status. I want to argue that we might shift our understanding of what success is, or at least adjust the concept of it. Success should be a state of mind.
Without music life would be dull. Music seems to speak to our primal instincts. Music is used in medicine, music helps patients to express and therefore process difficult emotions and experiences. Music can be one of the greatest motivators. When I was younger, and we went to a club to party, I was not only there to meet my friends or a nice girl, but I also loved to dance. And I still do. While I write this entry, my head is nodding to the beat of the song below.
I want to share this wonderful piece of art with you. Live, sing, dance and love!
I am on a very good way to be the person I want to be again. It was a difficult and long road and although I am not quite there yet, I think about what helped me to get better.
A part of being a good leader is the ability to develop your team and your team member. In order to be able to develop a team member, you need to get to know him or her. One important attribute are a person’s strengths. You need to be very observant to spot a person’s strengths. Fortunately, this can be trained.
First of all, thank you Ivana for introducing these books to me! This is not going to be a full-blown book review, but a minor one with my thoughts on the books and the author.
Due to my low blood pressure, I feel cold a lot. So, winter is a dreaded season. I tried to prepare myself and my immune system by having hot/cold-sequence showers, or by going to the balcony or outside and walk in snow with bear feet for a short while. However, nothing could keep my motivation sustainable. Now, I am taking another try with the Wim Hof method.
Employee well-being and satisfaction are often stated by companies and leaders as one of their priorities. Unfortunately, the reality looks often different. Maybe it is possible to improve the situation by moving this topic in the center of a planning process.
This entry is actually the first entry of a series which will entail my reflections and thoughts about how work in the future might look like and what are the implications all those changes and the advent of AI and automatization. Especially the implications on us and our relationship with work.
At the moment, I am watching the Netflix series “Dirty Money” by Alex Gibney. And oh boy am I angry. I am aware that the show is designed to create emotions and that is not totally objective, but I like the fact that it also listens to people who are affected. The series is about companies and also individuals who are crazy rich and who used the system to exploit people. And often those people who have no chance to fight for themselves. While I watch this documentary and I shake my head, I ask myself: why all this greed?
Today is a good day to answer another question from the series by The New York Times which goes by the name of: 36 Questions – How to fall in love.
In case you are a first time visitor to the blog, and you are curious about the very first question and my answer to it, you can click here.
If you missed the last question, just click here.
Creating something where there hasn’t been something before is always difficult. This is true for big things such as founding a company, but also small things like coming up with a first concept at work. It is also much easier to build on top of this work, give feedback for adjustments, or criticize. Good leaders should be aware of that, especially when assessing work and giving praise.