Tag Archives: Happiness

Live What You Love: Passion (Extract)

  Here is a small extract from my book Live What You Love There’s a notion that passion belongs to artistic types, musi­cians, painters, writers and children at play. The idea of being passionate at work can be met with, ‘That’s ridiculous! We’re all meant to be achievers.’ But think how ridiculous this is. Why would you reserve doing things you are passionate about just for the weekend? That’s how people become conflicted around life equilibrium. Sure there may be…

Summer Reading

I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books… Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction). The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the…

Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

  Recently I wrote about a ‘new you’ for New Years. Style is not the same as ‘brand’ nor is style the same as appearance. I am a big believer in people being themselves, however I also believe in people respecting the people around them. Colour is one thing that I use consistently to help people know me. It is no coincidence that to celebrate my coming of age the theme of the party was ‘bright’. My first attempt at…

New Year… new you? Your personal style.

I always find that at the beginning of the year I reflect on what I achieved last year and what I plan to do differently this year. One thing we often avoid considering is our personal style (and the impact our choices have on people around us). Does how you present yourself reflect who you are planning to be this year? There’s a lot of information available to help you to consider what is right for you. You will want…

Two buddies on the way to work

I was back in the office today after taking a few weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year and I could not resist taking this quick video of the ‘boys’ coming to work. Dexter as Head of Security at RedBalloon has an apprentice – known as Charlie Bear – for obvious reasons… Dexter is clearly the head hound – taking the lead… too cute. A bit of fun at work. They say that having a best friend at work…

Four Strategies for Finding Happiness at Work

As we start a new year – with one or more new years resolution… most of us will have considered what we do for work. If we are happy at work (where we spend so much of our time)… then some how life seems to come into flow. I enjoyed reading James Clear in his article 6 Ways to Find Happiness at Work, there are a few things you can do to create a happier reality for yourself at work……

Productivity Hacks: Happy People Are Productive People

I’m not being flippant here in suggesting that being happy is my “hack”. When the editors of LinkedIn sent out the brief requesting our insights into the productivity hacks that we use, I looked at all the things I do, from shared document reporting, to online diary requests systems… All of these add consistently to being productive. The Cloud has transformed the way I work – and not just my productivity but that of all those around me at RedBalloon….

Pause in your pursuit of happiness and be happy

Here are TWO things you can do right now to experience happy: 1. Create a Happiness Jar Find a Jar (A big one – that is clear) Each day, on a small piece of paper, write down one thing that brought a smile to your face – it doesn’t have to be anything big. It could be as simple as watching your dog roll on the lawn. The point here is to notice what is right in front of you….

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we…

The dark side to workplace happiness.

As I said in a recent LinkedIn post I came across an article from The Guardian entitled The dark side of work place happiness. Of course this peaked my attention – if you took out the words ‘work place’ you end up with “The dark side of happiness”. “What on earth could be the dark side of happiness?” I asked myself. Perhaps if we are having a good time then others will see this and be envious. Happiness does not…