Assertiveness

Assertiveness: Saying Yes, No, and Beyond

Posted on January 11, 2018

  As social beings, one of our strongest tools for survival is that of communication. We talk to the world not just through our words but through our actions, our body language and facial expressions. But what we tend to overlook is that the manner in which we communicate with others determines to a great extent how they may respond to us. American psychologist Phil McGraw states one of the foremost underlying principles of communication:   We teach people howRead More

Finding your purpose

Finding Your Purpose: Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted on November 8, 2017

  Since time immemorial, human beings have been perplexed by existential questions regarding the philosophy of purpose. As complex beings whose brains are wired to try and make sense of things big and small, it is only natural to wonder what our role in the vast universe is: Are we born for a reason and is our mission to unveil and live by it over the course of our lifespan? Or do we choose a purpose? Can we change ourRead More

owning your story

Owning Your Story

Posted on October 26, 2017

  All of us have several stories and narratives that define us and control our lives in seemingly unconscious ways. The recent campaign #MeToo asks victims of sexual abuse to speak up, to not hide and show courage in accepting that in a public space. The campaign intends to let everyone know that sexual abuse is more common than we think and that we are not alone in suffering from it. Why is it so hard to share our storiesRead More

Being Bright Awake

Being Bright Awake: Starting Your Day on a Good Note

Posted on October 14, 2017

  There is no manual that clearly explains how to wake up every day and feel confident that the day will be a good one. It’s not even merely a matter of having will power, as most people preach but find near impossible to practice. The closest that one can come to an optimistic appraisal of the day ahead is being hopeful. The truth is that there is no formula for waking up with positivity simply because there is noRead More

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