The futile pursuit of happiness

The Futile Pursuit of Happiness

Posted on August 23, 2017

  We all want to be happy. I remember quite vividly that when I was younger all I ever wanted to do was grow up! I associated growing up with all the fun that adults get to have, like working, buying things, having money, living on your own etc. I always assumed that this was what would make me happy, and I assumed all adults were happy. But as I grew up I realised how difficult it was to makeRead More

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Before the Storm: 4 Ways to Manage Your Anger

Posted on August 9, 2017

While anger is generally perceived quite negatively in our society, it is in fact one of the six basic emotions recognised among human beings, and is seen in various forms in the rest of the animal world. Humans, like animals, use anger or aggression for a variety of underlying reasons —to assert power, mark territory, show domination, intimidate competition, as a scare tactic or even indirectly to impress potential mates. In the contemporary context, these underlying reasons manifest in differentRead More

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There’s More To Letting An Employee Go Than “You’re Fired!”

Posted on July 26, 2017

I was part of the Human Resources function which evolved in the 90s from what was most often referred to as “personnel” and viewed as policing the system, to being a “Strategic Business Partner”. While we all believe we successfully transitioned from policing to partnering, we probably lost some innate qualities of being empathetic and compassionate.   The reality is that increasing use of digitization, automation, artificial intelligence, robots etc., combined with companies being under tremendous pressure to show growthRead More

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Relationship

Posted on July 6, 2017

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of the present moment, and having an accepting, kind, gentle and open attitude towards your thoughts and feelings. Traditionally the practice of meditation was seen as a solitary activity and the effects of it were mostly measured in terms of individual effects like making the person less stressful, happier and more successful. However in the recent years the effects of mindfulness has been studied neurologically, in terms of the effect it has onRead More

Mindfulness at the Workplace

Posted on June 9, 2017

Have you ever thought about sitting quietly at your desk and doing nothing? Doing nothing is hard!   While this could be quite contradictory to what organizations want from their employees such as multitasking, doing more in less time, improving productivity and so on, these only lead to burnout, increase in stress, and loss in productivity, finally leading to attrition.   It’s mind-boggling how something as simple as sitting and focussing on your breath has such powerful benefits. Among severalRead More