Why the World Needs You to Crack the Happiness Code

In a world where things like poverty, famine, disease, child soldiers, and human trafficking still exist, and potential energy, health, and environmental crisis loom, focusing on our own happiness seems selfish.

In fact, in an email exchange a while ago, I remember my correspondent telling me that while they liked the idea of “Cracking The Happiness Code,” it would be hard to support this project when there were so many causes out there that were more worthwhile.

It’s taken me a while to really understand how “happiness” fits into the greater picture of the world, with all its challenges. Continue reading “Why the World Needs You to Crack the Happiness Code”

How to Reach Financial Freedom: The Income Limit

Money.

That’s THE THING, right? The missing piece of the happiness puzzle.

Gotta git me somma that sweet sweet chedda’.

America might have an obesity epidemic on its hands, but it’s also got money neurosis. Along with most of the developed world.

Two of the top regrets of terminally ill patients are (according to a non-scientific but I think, very poignant study),  “I wish I hadn’t spent so much time working,” followed by wishing they had spent more time with family and friends.

And at the same time, there’s been an equally interesting survey showing us that people given a extra 8th day each week that nobody else got would do more work in order “to get ahead.”

It’s little wonder so many people have anxieties and fears surrounding money, when our values and our actions correspond so horribly.

How is it possible to work so damn hard and still not feel like we make enough money? Continue reading “How to Reach Financial Freedom: The Income Limit”

How to Overcome Anxiety, Fear, and Worry (Mastering Your Negative Emotions)

Stress and anxiety. Worry and frustration. Negative emotions with such power to affect us, even control us.

We tend to cope with such negative emotions in one of two ways:

Running from them – distracting ourselves with something that’s immediately pleasurable, such as candy, hitting the club, buying a new wardrobe, or hanging out on our mobile phones.

Or by desperately trying to gain control of everything, to make our world static and unchanging in order to feel safety, security, and stability.

Each method has a giant flaw: Avoiding our problems doesn’t make them go away. And the world is a dynamic, changing place that we can never fully control and that will change whether we want it to or not. Continue reading “How to Overcome Anxiety, Fear, and Worry (Mastering Your Negative Emotions)”

There’s A Hole In My Bucket List

ajw merdeka square kl (small)The “Bucket List” is a classic goal setting tool, where we think about all the things we would like to accomplish before we die, write them down, and then proceed to complete the list over the coming months and years. There are plenty examples of “100 Things to Do Before You Die” style lists on Google.

Don’t read them though, lest you be tempted to create your own list.

They have a lot of allure and provide some temporary inspiration.

But the Bucket List generally causes more harm than good in the mind of its users. Continue reading “There’s A Hole In My Bucket List”

Overcome Procrastination With Mindful Movement

I knew what had to be done. The answer was simple (it usually is). I just had to stop procrastinating.

At that moment I was really inspired to do some writing about what I had learned over the last month of travel, but I knew that my arms demanded my attention. If I ignored them I’d be in a world of hurt later as my repetitive strain injury flared up.

I’ve been down this road too many times to count over the last 8 years, and I’m acutely aware of when I need to take action immediately – before I push things too far.

Yet, apparently chronic tendonitis goes hand in hand with chronic procrastination – because I use every avoidance tendency in the book to avoid it. Continue reading “Overcome Procrastination With Mindful Movement”