"I Left My Cushy Job to Study Depression. Here’s What I Learned."

“The self-loathing that often strikes in adolescence can fuel our inner critics,” begins Elitsa Dermendzhiyska.    

"Why It’s Up to Us (to Create A Better Future)"

Umair Haque outlines three principles for reimagining organizations and leadership.    

"Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship Still Matters Today"

“So many of our relationships are accidental. Here’s how to develop friendships that matter,” begins Zat Rana.    

"3 Things the Dying Taught Me About Living Well"

“Contemplating one’s own death can be challenging and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. The lessons I’ve learned from the dying have helped me appreciate life more. It’s helped change my perspective on what’s important and what’s not. It’s helped me to make better decisions,” suggests Farhang Babkayee.    

"The Overwhelmed Person’s Guide to Activism"

How to fight back when you have very little fight in you.    

"Why we need to do nothing"

“It’s the curse of our generation. I feel like I need to fill every last minute of my day with productive activity, or I go into a death spiral of shame for not maximizing my output, which I’ve of course tied to my self-worth.”
So begins Ana Dean.    

"Integrity. Is."

“Integrity is the soil that man stands upon that is a solid foundation for one’s inner being…”
So begins Anna Rozwadowska.    

"How To Make Progress When You Are Terrified"

Deb Knobelman has 4 down-to-earth strategies to move you toward your goals when you are frozen.    

"How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy"

Darius Forum begins this helpful piece with the observation: “Improving productivity has been a pursuit of the modern human being from the start of civilization. Somehow, we believe that productivity is something that became important after the industrial revolution. We assume that, because we live busy lives, we need to optimize our time — especially in the 21st century. That’s not true.”    

"Does Suffering Make Life Worthwhile?"

Find the answer in this thoughtful piece by Tom Stevenson:-)    

"Aphorisms on Kindness from The Book of Life"

In theory, we all love kindness of course, but in practice, a kind person sounds like something we would try to be only once every other more arduous and more rewarding alternative had failed. Learning to be kind means acknowledging how boring kindness can (unfairly) sound.

So begins this truly lovely piece about kindness.

With deep thanks to Jo McNeilly for sharing this:-)    

"You Don’t Need a Goal, You Need a Theme"

“Happiness is rarely a result of what you accomplish,” suggests Niklas Göke.    

"How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself"

Pursuing meaning is the true path to success. In this article, the author gives us the four pillars of meaning, providing a new way to look at finding meaning in your life and help you to become the best version of yourself.    

"Random Acts of Kindness Foundation"

Our mission is to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to kids.    

"The Three Principles of Wise Power"

“If you know how to harness the power of your mind, heart and soul, you will be wiser in the face of surprises and disruption,” proposes Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance and Sustainability at INSEAD, Marc Le Menestrel.    

"Economics and the Great Divide"

Systems change is the ultimate pathway to the next economy we are striving to build.

Enjoy these suggestions for making change happen by Kendall Clifton-Short.    

"The Last Person on Earth"

A mother, Melissa Fay Greene, considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.    

"Love Is a Verb, Not a Noun"

A lesson from my parents has become the foundation of my marriage, says author Teresa Colón.    

"Why The Giving Tree Makes You Cry"

Like many parents before me, I sob whenever I read this book to my kid, says author, Anthony Ford.    

"The BEST Family Tradition EVER"

Creating a mindful, sacred family: a lovely story from Renee Tarantowski.    

"Should We Choose Humility Over Heroism?"

The Myth of Heroism, and Why It’s Bad For Us: Umair Haque shares his kind and compassionate view.    

"Choose the One that Thrills Your Heart"

Jack Preston King suggests that, to discover your destiny, take this advice from a Greek god:    

"The Difference That Open-minded People Possess"

Zat Rana proposes that Your peripheral awareness is a light that attracts the darkness of what has yet to illuminate you. But for you to see it that way, you have to help it out when it provides the signal. You have to look for the pleasant in the unpleasant.

Enjoy this lovely reflection on being open to your world.    

"How to Build Closer Relationships"

Thoughtful and very relevant advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections.

“Why don’t I feel closer to my parent/sibling/friend/co-worker?”

It’s a question that many of us have pondered at some point, and it usually comes out of our desire to feel more connected to the real VIPs in our life: that is, the people we care about, the people we share DNA with and/or the people we spend a lot of time with. There are a number of reasons — such as timing, competing commitments, differences of opinion, geography — why emotional distance can creep into the most important bonds. Here’s advice from seven TED speakers to help bridge some of them. Warning to the emotionally squeamish: Yes, we’re entering touchy-feely territory. But we can promise that none of these tips will hurt, and they could even make your relationships stronger.    

"Charging what you're worth: Lessons from a vacuum cleaner"

About Mark Lambert and his vacuum cleaner called Derek: a critical lesson from an unlikely source.    

"Delivering Kindness to Your Customers"

This link takes you to a page of newsletters written by Yurek Leon of Terrific Trading. All refreshing reading, including many ways to bring kindness into your customer relationships.    

"Killing the ethic of killing"

Ginny begins this thoughtful blog post:

Death. We know it as an inevitability. There’s no elixir, to date, which grants us immortality. Death cannot be denied to all things that live. Hunger, senescence and biological weakness are the undeniable ways of this world.

That we humans, as part of nature, take life away from other beings is not always a wrongdoing. Peace on Earth is never going to be do-able when ecological violence and pain exist innately within the evolution of how life acquires energy; largely by the consumption of others.

More, we humans cause death by accident, neglect or ignorance. We might accidentally step on an ant, or a dandelion growing in a crack in the pavement. We might buy clothing from a retailer who sources stock from a place where river life is killed by dye run-off. We might choose to take our own life. We may even help others to end theirs…..    

"Self reflection and journaling for leadership"

A lovely invitation to the timeless and most helpful practice.    

"How To Recover When The World Breaks You"

We all break. The key is to become strong in the broken places.    

"The Moment When You'll Finally Change"

My take on this is to be conscious of the moment when it becomes harder to resist change than to embrace the opportunity, but Kris puts it very well here:    

"Why Leadership Requires Mental Resilience"

Seth encourages us to keep our internal smile especially in the tough times!    

"Holding Space: the high art of leadership"

Nick Udall introduces us to the leaders needed for today and the future: Evocative leaders. They love life. They see problems as opportunities. When they hear no, they think yes. It is never about them, but it’s about the bigger endeavour they are passionate about, and the difference it will make. This is a special kind of leadership, as it doesn’t rely on hierarchical position, or command and control.    

"The Science of Happiness in Four Simple Work Habits"

One happiness researcher believes we’re all capable of becoming happier in our jobs. It just takes a little bit of deliberate practice.    

"The Good News: You are in Charge of Your Own Happiness:-)"

Message from Mo Gawdat:  happiness is greater than or equal to events of our lives minus our expectations.    

"Naomi Klein: How Shocking Events can Spark Positive Change"

World events are pretty shocking right now. Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments take advantage of chaotic events to push societies backward, but in this talk Klein takes the opposite tack. She asks: What if we used today’s shocks to push us to create the society we really want? “The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better,” Klein says. “But first we need to picture the world that we’re fighting for.”    

"Suggestions for having a good day"

Lovely images and music along with suggestions for you to reflect on.    

"Grief is Just Love with No Place to Go by Kathy Parker"

Grief is not a road we walk, or a journey we take. It is not a process that can be defined by stages we are told we must feel – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. It is not a textbook diagram, or a framework we must comply to. It isn’t a task we must complete. We don’t push through it, we don’t move into it and out of it, we don’t follow a linear progression until we reach the other side of it…    

"The psychology of your future self"

Over the next ten years, how much do you think your values, personality and preferences will change?

It turns out that they are likely to change more than you think. When reflecting on our past, we realize that throughout our life we have significantly changed. But when thinking of the future, we tend to greatly underestimate how much we will continue to evolve. In his fascinating seven-minute TED Talk, “The psychology of your future self,” Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert shares powerful research revealing this consistent miscalculation.    

"My Stroke of Insight"

One of the most extraordinary gifts of the human brain is the ability to think about how it thinks — to observe itself in action. Rarely has any brain been in a better position to do this than the one belonging to neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor. On December 10, 1996, Taylor experienced a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and in her classic TED Talk, “My stroke of insight,” she shares what it was like from the inside.

Although we spend most of our time in our left brains Taylor encourages us to live more in our right brains, which is where her consciousness shifted during her stroke. She describes it as a place of beauty and peace and connectedness, where the boundary between the self and the universe dissolves. It is only here that we discover our strength and wisdom.    

"Choose Wisely Who You Learn From"

Adam Smith has some wise words to share in this article. He begins with: Life is made up of many choices, and I think it is important to remember the need to choose wisely as to whom you allow to speak into your life.    

"Eight Ways to Unlock the Power of Community"

It’s about being open to the needs of the community, not just my needs!    

"The Art of Stillness"

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.    

"The Conversational Nature of Reality"

Internationally acclaimed poet David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, David works with many European, American and international companies, using poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement.

In his talk, David encourages us to remain open to know the dialogue with our surroundings inform and inspire our ideas.    

"How The Power Of Kindness Impacts Your Life And Others"

Tony Fahkry encourages us to be kind anyway. Lovely article.    

"How To Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth"

It’s far better (and more resilient) when doing good work is sufficient. In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better.

Ryan Holiday gives us valuable insight into one of the major struggles to becoming happy with ourselves.    

"10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men"

This article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up.
If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm.    

"Lessons from the longest study on human development"

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.    

"What Fear Can Teach Us"

In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.    

"The Better You Know Yourself the More Resilient You Will Be"

Adapting to change requires self knowledge.    

"The Paradox of Belonging"

This is a challenging paradox. Those who flourish in our community don’t need to be here.    

"Secrets of the Most Resilient People"

Being able to bounce back from devastation may seem like a superpower, but there are several things you can do to prepare in advance.    

"Don't Lose Yourself in Kindness"

There is kindness, and there is kindness. This story finds the sweet place between. Enjoy!    

"Why Listening to the People You Hate Will Make You Smarter"

This listening touches a personal chord, and is not easy, but it’s crucial for true resilience.    

"The 2 Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Help You Overcome Any Obstacle"

You were lied to, of course, when you started your journey.
You were made to believe it would be easy.
It is not easy.
It is not easy to start a business or write a book. It is not easy to grow a following or implement working solution. It is not easy to find an asset worth $1 and apply your unique idea to make it worth $5. It is not even easy to become very good at one activity.
Please read on…    

"The Ultimate Survival Guide to Not Fitting In"

Todd Brison begins: I’m good at not fitting in. I do it all the time. But humans need to belong, so I do these things to make people think I’m a normal human being.    

"How do we get sustainability that can survive bad leadership?"

Mallen Baker proposes that “We will have to remove once and for all the belief that a CEO has a duty only to maximise returns to shareholders.”    

"The ocean crisis: hope in troubled waters"

In an interview with, Safina discuses the many perils facing marine life; the recent ocean spill in the Gulf (which his next book will tackle); his views on capitalism, consumption, and religion; and how widening our circle of compassion to include all life could save the world.    

"Shaping Business for the Future"

“We need a new paradigm for business” says Fiona Brooks.    

"The Future of Leadership"

“Class of 2013: The Future of Leadership” by Deepak Chopra is his commencement address to: President Margaret Drugovich, Trustees of Hartwick College, Guests, Parents and Students of the 2013 Graduating Class at Hartwick College.    

"Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?"

This article from the World Economic Forum introduces a simple possibility for a meaningful life. Please enjoy.    

"The Dark Side of Resilience"

“… could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme.”    

"Take a 120-Second Break to Boost Your Happiness"

Outside Magazine, 6 April 2016.
At some point during your work day, productivity starts to lag, and you need a break. We get it, and that’s why our ongoing Weekly Escape series transports you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less. This week we go to the Drakensberg Escarpment of South Africa with photographer Alex Nail, who captured this footage while on a 9-day unsupported hike through this unbelievable wilderness. Boasting colossal cliffs, jagged ridges, and the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela, the beauty of the escarpment will get you through the day. You can follow Nail on Facebook here.    

"How to Develop a Passion for Compassion"

No other skill is more vital for a life well-lived.    

"Why Grief is a Teacher"

A powerful short piece about opening up to the life lessons at the centre of grief.    

"Ten Tips from Ghandi on Changing the World"

Be guided by the infinite wisdom of this revered teacher, from the UPLIFT Weekly.    

"A Better World Starts With You!"

From Kim Forrester, here are 4 ways to consciously choose and amplify kindness. It seems easy but does take courage.    

"Life Lessons from a Mother"

Erin Sullivan shares her journey with her mother, including what she said at her mothers’ funeral. Some brave and true life lessons for all of us here.    

"What dream has you?"

Prince Ea suggests that we look at dreams the wrong way round. The question is “what dream has you?” Enjoy.    

"9 Mantras that Changed My Life Forever"

Todd Brison shares his life growing mantras, demonstrating that it does matter what we say to ourselves in our heads. Self talk matters!    

"13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful"

The fascinating thing about this list is that there is not one “thing” on it. It’s all about our values and priorities and being our best selves.    

"Why is Kindness Good for You?"

Enjoy this article from the Ripple Kindness Project    

"The Penguin and the Fisherman"

Kindness is as kindness does! Enjoy this story.    

"Peace Science Digest"

The Peace Science Digest provides analysis and access to the top research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Published monthly, we aim to provide a mutually beneficial link between the field’s academic community and its practitioners, the media, public policy-makers and other possible beneficiaries.    

"If Everyone Cared"

With thanks to the group Nickelback, we can understand how different our world would be if everyone cared.

And thanks to Tony Manso who told me about this video.


"Millennials: How We can Help Them!"

Simon SInek has some insightful and helpful advice for what is really needed for this wonderful generation to grow strong and resilient in themselves. It begins with relationships.    

"New Ways to Protect the World’s Last Wild Places"

Despite the devastation that humans have wrought on our planet, many people are working to shift back the devastation with impressive results. This article from the Pew Charitable Trusts tells how.    

"Living Planet Report 2016"

There is despair, but there is also hope here. “Transitioning towards an adaptive and resilient food system that provides nutritional food for all within the boundaries of a single planet is a daunting but essential goal.”

Reading this report, there are good things happening…    

"What Great Listeners Actually Do"

Jack ZengerJoseph Folkman analyzed data describing the behavior of 3,492 participants in a development program designed to help managers become better coaches. They found some surprising conclusions, along with some qualities they expected to hear.    

"Talks to help you focus on what really matters"

From praising slowness to what really matters at the end of life, these talks will help you slow down and reflect.    

"Inspiration for Earth Day"

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry

Enjoy these reflections whenever you need to reconnect with Earth.    

"Talks to Help You Focus on What Really Matters"

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily dramas of life. These talks can help you step back, slow down and appreciate the bigger picture.    

"The Dream We Haven't Dared to Dream"

What are your dreams? Better yet, what are your broken dreams? Dan Pallotta dreams of a time when we are as excited, curious and scientific about the development of our humanity as we are about the development of our technology. “What we fear most is that we will be denied the opportunity to fulfill our true potential,” Pallotta says. “Imagine living in a world where we simply recognize that deep, existential fear in one another — and love one another boldly because we know that to be human is to live with that fear.” utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-05-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_image    

"Alliance Magazine: for Philanthropy and Social Investment Worldwide"

Since 1998 Alliance magazine has been the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide providing news and analysis of what’s happening in the sector right across the world.    

"A Most Resilient Grandmother!"

Margaret Watroba tells her amazing story of moving from Poland as a young person and making a whole life in Australia. AND she has climbed Mount Everest!!!

Please enjoy:-)    

"Need some time out? A Different Sound from Nature"

Birds on the wire: Song inspired by feathered flock strikes a chord with listeners.    

"How the Teddy Bear Taught Us Compassion"

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called “teddy bears.” Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species’ chance of survival — and the natural world at large.    

"Boatlift of 9/11"

We certainly were busy watching the news right after 9/11, but never saw this. BOATLIFT OF 9/11.

In the 10 years since this happened, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this video. I don’t even remember seeing/hearing about this evacuation on the news! And the fact it was all done in 9 hours.

This is an interesting video well worth watching. The man at the end (same man at the beginning) has some great words to live by for all of us.    

"Be the Peace! It begins in your own heart"

The 2014 United Nation’s Global Peace Day linked hundreds of cities around the world.    

"Looking for Inspiration? Enjoy "Women of Hope" video"

Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to action, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone,” Morley composed this song. She sings it at TEDxWomen in her gorgeous, warm voice. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)    

"A Question: What If Everyone Cared?"

Please be inspired by this 4-minute video of fellow Earth citizens who cared enough to change their world. You never know it might help you to make steps to protect what you care about:-)    

"Money and Happiness!"

Recent research shows that there is a limit to how much money buys happiness,9171,2019628,00.html    

"Are You Looking for a Smile?"

Turn the sound on, sit back and enjoy. This is such a feel good video; one of the best videos you might ever be privileged to view.

There ARE happy people out there. Not everyone is fighting and killing. This will make you smile. And, everyone can use a smile once in a while.    

"Trust and the Fall of Public Relations by Robert Phillips"

Trust, Robert argues, is both complex and fragile – the result of an atomised and activist society, where power and influence are asymmetrical. Trust is possible – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a silver bullet to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, companies and/or brands are to be trusted.    

"What a Wonderful World"

A delightful visual message from David Attenborough    

"Compassion and Happiness"

Compassion plays a central role in sustainable happiness. John F. Schumaker finds that happiness is elusive but obtainable.    

"Kindness is The Pale Blue Dot"

This short film, from the Sagan Series, explores the possibility that we can be kind to our planet because it’s the only home will have in the universe.    

"Survival of the Nicest"

A new theory of evolution based on the human species learning to survive and thrive through building collaborative environments.    

"The Positivity Blog"

Happiness & Awesome Tips that Work in Real Life    

"A Leader's Kind Heart Is Good For Business"

What’s the secret to Shari Arison’s success? Spreading kindness, in the workplace and the world.    

"The Slow Movement"

The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ and poor health through making connections.
If we think about the following trends. Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the world today. People are turning to organic food in droves. Schools are in turmoil.
How slow can you go? Home schooling is becoming commonplace. People are downshifting. The Slow Food movement is gaining popularity with 811 convivia worldwide.    

"Words of Peace Global"

“Words of Peace Global (WOPG) is an international charitable foundation which promotes Prem Rawat s message of peace by making it available to audiences around the world through Live Events, Webcasts, LifeStreams, Broadcasts, and a variety of other communication channels. We invite you to explore this site, where you can find a variety of materials, including videos, articles, news, and more.”    

"Glastonbury, Somerset, England"

There are many web sites about this ancient town – this is one of them.    

"In Search of Courage"

The core message of this thoughtful article from “Fast” is that courage is the enforcing virtue, the one that makes possible all the other virtues common to exceptional leaders: honesty, integrity, confidence, compassion, and humility. In short, leaders who lack courage aren’t leaders.    

"Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States"

The town of Glastonbury was recreated in the United States, amazingly with a very similar culture.
Wikipedia describes Glastonbury, Connecticut as “Glastonbury is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 31,876 at the 2000 census. The town was named after the English Glastonbury. Glastonbury is located on the banks of the Connecticut River, south east from Hartford. The town center is also defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP).”,_Connecticut    

"Free Hugs Campaign"

One person’s vision to spread Kindness as a way of Life…    

"Bruce Mau Design: An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth"

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Maus beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how Bruce Mau and his team approach every project. They may be of use to you in your life journey.