Shortcut To Happiness

happinessMost individuals need to feel that they are a part of something bigger. They want to care about – and feel cared for – by others beings.

Close relationships are one of the most meaningful factors in happiness, even more so than personal satisfaction or your view of the world as a whole. Research has showed that if you feel close to other people, you are four times more likely to feel good about yourself than if you do not feel close to anyone at all. Experiencing closeness with others actually explain about 70 percent of personal happiness according to the researchers.

So deepen your current relationships and expand your friendship base in the knowledge that it will not only increase your level of happiness but also others. And remember that relationships are built on mutual appreciation – there is no better way to show that appreciation than to tell someone how much you care.

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Conscious Leadership – Awareness for Greatness

Character is the essential facet of leadership that allows leaders to earn their employees’ trust and to exercise influence both within and outside their organization. Throughout their day-to-day activities and actions, leaders communicate symbolically to their employees about who they are as individuals and what the organization represents in terms of its values and purpose.

Conscious leaders focus on identifying and meeting the needs of others rather than trying to acquire power for themselves. They embrace a holistic approach to leadership, one that also demonstrates humanistic values such as self awareness and empowerment of others. The awareness that conscious leaders possess enables them to easily understand what their employees need to be performing at a high level and they are working hard to get them to that level. These leaders also recognize and value the interdependent relationships they have with their stakeholders, such as business partners, vendors and the community in which they exist.

“Conscious leaders focus one ‘we’, rather than ‘me’.”

One of the most central principles of conscious leadership is listening to the people around you and listening well. However, conscious leaders not only listen well but they are also experts at recognizing what is going on beyond that which is being said. These leaders seek to discover the truth, decide what is right and then demonstrate the courage to act accordingly.

Here are suggestions for ways to build the conscious leadership mindset into your day-to-day activities at your workplace:
– Take time in the morning to meditate on your intentions for the day
– Ask your employees what you can do for them to make their jobs easier
– Stay thoughtful throughout the day
– Strategically place others where you fall short
– Create a safe and sustainable work environment
– Ensure that any employee, regardless of position, feel comfortable to bring forward new ideas and ask questions
– Listen, listen and listen
– Before going to bed, reflect on how your day was: what was good, what was less good and what can you learn from it
– Practise gratitude

Do you want to know more about conscious leadership and what it is? Get in touch with us for a dialogue about how conscious leadership can improve YOUR leadership and organization!

 

 

Are you experiencing too much stress in your life?

mindfulnessThere’s help to get! Check out our team’s favorite mindfulness tools. Not only are they great for lowering your levels of stress, you also bring them with you wherever you go.

“Being mindful is a way of life.”

Mindfulness is basically training in being present in the now. Does it sound like something strange? It’s not really. Mindfulness is an eastern way of living that reduces worry and stress. It’s a way to live in harmony with yourself and others. Mindfulness is simply a way to improve your quality of life.

The purpose with mindfulness training is to practice being as aware as possible, moment to moment. Practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. Research has showed that some of its effects are that it: – reduces stress, – makes you less prone to develop acute illnesses and infections; – aids your body’s ability to heal and – brings mental clarity,

Also, with mindfulness training we develop a healthier perspective towards our thoughts and feelings. You could say that we get a “filter” through which we learn to see, feel and choose how to react on our thoughts and feelings, rather than just act instantly. Mindfulness makes you freer to choose the life you want to live.

Our team’s favorite apps

There are many great mindfulness apps on the market. Here are some of our team’s favorite ones:

The Mindfulnessapp 
One of the first mindfulness apps on the market and it’s been downloaded over 900 000 times. Developed by the two Swedes Magnus Fridh and Martin Vikfalk, the Mindfulness app has recently been improved even further.

Headspace
This American app is like ”a gym for your mind”. It offers a free version with 10 mindful days, with different meditations. If you like the app, get a subscription and they’ll give an app for free to a person in need. We love that!

Meditationernas Spotify  
Omvana is one of the world’s most popular meditation apps. It’s like a Spotify for relaxation, stressreduction and meditation. As a member you get to create your own meditation and you’ve got so many choices that you’ll never run out of new options.

Simply Being
Meditations app developed primary for relaxation and stress reduction. Simply Being includes several different meditations with music or nature sounds. The meditations are 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes long respectively so they are perfect to use “on the go”.

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Are your thoughts serving you for the better?

karma-act-samskYou are what you think. Sounds strange? Well it’s not. Not at all in fact. Our thoughts acts like a boomerang as what goes out there – what you are sending out – is what will come back to you.

I was first introduced to the law of attraction many of years ago and, more thinking of it as a sort of self-improvement concept, I didn’t pay much attention to it. However, some years after my first introduction I was once again faced with a believer of the Law which led me to start analyse the events in my life and the circumstances surrounding them as well as the thoughts I had at the time. And I realized there may be some truth to it all. It’s similar to the wheel of cause and effect (Karma) and this I am a true believer in and follower of.

So what is the Law of attraction? The Wikipedia defines is as “…[…] a metaphysical New Thought belief that “like attract like”, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively.” The principles of the law of attraction has been interpreted in various ways, all equally interesting to take part of for those whom like myself are curious about the different faiths and teachings that find their way to so many souls across the globe.

“He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own” – Henry Beecher

You are what you are thinking. Yes. It’s simple. Some people choose to see the goodness in others – to the point of being naïve at times – while others choose to see the worst in some people – to the point of being paranoid at times. In any case, ones choice of view very obviously tells more of what kind of individual YOU are – as in what YOUR thoughts, hopes and, maybe most of all, fears are – not that of the person or that person’s actions whom you are judging as “good” or “bad”.

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