Tag Archives: joy

How to create everyday happiness, balanced habits 9

5 Mar

Smile, what’s the use of crying?

You’ll find the life is still worthwhile

If you just smile

“Smile”, by Nat King Cole

Being happy is easy…

All you need to do is to 1) think and 2) act in the happy way! Focus your mind on the positive, and act in a way that transmits positive emotions. Continue reading


Why hugs and beer will support your personal development – balanced habits 6

26 Jan

If you want to have a happy home, spend time with your family.

If you want to have fun, go out with people who make you laugh.

People will enrich your life… if you let the right people into your life.

Who are worth of your time

Start by being clear on your own needs. Who are the people who you absolutely want to spend time with. Continue reading

Move your body, balanced habits 3

22 Nov

Morning silence is punctuated by my deep breathing. At the pace of my breaths, I’m settling into the yoga postures. Air going in and out, postures fluidly changing to others… The slow stretches remove the tightness, leaving my body feeling light. I am energized, and ready for the day.

I come home after work with tired mind and bored body. I re-activate myself for the evening with small exercise… just 15 minutes of body-weight work in close-by park, or maybe 10 minutes of iaido-movements in tatami-room. No more work-thoughts or stress, no more stagnated energy after too many hours of sitting. I am ready to fully focus on my wife, and then on good food.

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Enjoy life, live in now

14 Sep

As a head-driven future planner, it’s sometimes hard for me to be fully present. I’m able to get lost into my thoughts, and hours can pass without me realising my surroundings. Like living in a continuous mind-fog…

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It is not about reaching the objectives

6 Jun

I recently got promoted and received a black belt, both in a space of 2 weeks. As these were both long held ambitions for me, you would think that I was on top of the world for weeks afterwards. Instead, I felt only calm satisfaction and a commitment to continue the effort. These achievements felt like confirmations of work well done in the past years.

I love setting objectives, as they help me to focus my efforts. For example the promotion and the black belt were good milestones to measure my progress in my career, or in mastering iaido. But these achievements had their value as process indicators, not as end goals that would bring happiness. Life continues, and the work and iaido are still the same – even with the new titles. Continue reading