Survive mindset or Thrive mindset

In a letter to Rachel Carson, Thomas Merton discussed one of the fundamental ills of modern society, namely heedless technological progress. Merton’s argument makes a compelling case that this type of progress derives from what I would call a survive-at-any-cost mindset. In order to progress our humanity, we need to change to a much wiser … Read more

Slow is fast

It is a good idea to think about going Slow in a world where fast seems to be the default setting. Slow just means taking your time, being more deliberate and more mindful. Slow is about quality over quantity. Slow is about the means and not the ends. Slow is about experience and self-expression and not … Read more

Social consumption

Social consumption has declined because consumption is becoming increasingly solitary. Put another way, people are spending more time consuming alone. This has consequences for mental well-being, social well-being and environmental well-being. With the advent of cheaper electronic goods like televisions, stereos, personal computers, tablets and smartphones people isolate themselves much more than in the past. … Read more

Do what you really want to do

“The minute you do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life”– Buckminster Fuller Do you do what you really want to do in you work? If you don’t here are some very good reasons why you definitely should. 1. You will enjoy life more When you are not happy … Read more

The paradox of choice

Barry Schwartz who wrote The Paradox of Choice believes that in affluent societies too much choice is detrimental to well-being. When there are a plethora of choices, whether it is beer, jeans, cellphones, salad dressing or mutual funds, people are much less satisfied with the choices they make. That’s if they actually make a choice, … Read more

The importance of relationships

The importance of relationships. Love yourself and others.

Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Study after study reveal this, including one of the longest ever studies of human well-being. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too,” said Robert Waldinger, the director of the … Read more

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This is amplified by the unrelenting bombardment of advertising and promotional messages the average person faces every single day. Needless to say, … Read more