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How to make the workplace a happy place

How to make the workplace a happy place

Written by on November 23, 2015 in Work with 0 Comments

We spend much of our adults lives at work, so it’s bizarre to think that until relatively recently, very little attention was paid to workplace happiness and satisfaction. Fortunately, many organisations now prioritise the wellbeing of their employees, and are committed to enlisting experts to help them influence and change workplace culture for the better. […]

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The mental health of men at work

The mental health of men at work

Written by on November 19, 2015 in Work with 0 Comments

My dad committed suicide in the late 1980s so it’s bitter sweet to me to read about any new initiative developed that targets male dominated workplaces for early intervention and support of depression. Bitter because when my own father was battling his demons, bosses and colleagues understood very little about mental illness, sweet because today […]

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5 tips for health and wellness at work

5 tips for health and wellness at work

Written by on November 9, 2015 in Happiness, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

Let’s face it: when we’re over-worked, under-slept and eating sugary snacks or fatty fast food because we’re so time-poor, we definitely don’t feel our best. Health and wellness might fall at the bottom of your priority list when you’re busy at work, but perhaps we’d all feel less stressed, more energised, focused and productive if […]

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The neuroscience of habit with Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

The neuroscience of habit with Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

Written by on October 28, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Work with 0 Comments

“I define the mind as the choices and decisions we make about the stream of information the brain sends us,” Jeffrey M Schwartz says. “The nature of habit and the way it’s wired into the brain detaches it from choices and decisions. It takes an extra effort to bring the mind into habit,” he says. […]

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Access your creative genius with Amantha Imber

Access your creative genius with Amantha Imber

Written by on October 26, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Work with 0 Comments

Amantha tells us about a book she illustrated as an 8-year-old girl: a book her mother wrote about helping children overcome phobias. “It’s all about who you know.” “I’m a massive science geek,” she says. “But today I want to focus on creativity, and how we as individuals can improve our creativity.” One of the […]

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The myth of multitasking

The myth of multitasking

Written by on October 21, 2015 in Happiness, Work with 0 Comments

It’s never been easier to engage simultaneously in multiple tasks. Thanks to technology, we can now talk on our phone, read emails, and check to see if anyone ‘likes’ our most recent Facebook post, all while we eat our lunch. Yet it’s a mistake to think our ability in this regard is saving us time […]

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In their words: Jane Mathews & Writing a life plan

In their words: Jane Mathews & Writing a life plan

Written by on September 23, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

‘Crumpets face inwards’ is stamped on my toaster. How come the most mundane kitchen appliance has instructions, but life doesn’t? And isn’t it strange that we find time to write a million shopping and ‘to do’ lists, but rarely take out a few hours to write a life plan – our own instructions? When I […]

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Mindfulness for success and wellbeing at work

Mindfulness for success and wellbeing at work

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

Rasmus Hougaard says that Australia is one of the happiest places in the world, or at least the kindest. We smile a lot – except for the guys at border control. Rasmus says that companies around the world are investing money in implementing mindfulness strategies in the workplace. The Paid Reality, he calls it, is […]

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Happy and creative

Happy and creative

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

“All emotions are valid. It’s just how we use them,” Sue Langley says. Her research is on creativity, and she wants to do something creative with us. She shows us an image and gives us 30 seconds to think of as many things to do with it as possible. It’s a water jug accompanied by […]

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Work to live

Work to live

Written by on March 4, 2015 in Work with 1 Comment

I freelance and I can’t say no to work. This can be a dangerous combination if it means I end up toiling around the clock because when that happens everything slides. I cancel social engagements. I stop going to the gym. I don’t practise my guitar. I serve my partner and I cereal for dinner. […]

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Will I or won’t I?

Will I or won’t I?

Written by on December 10, 2014 in Happiness, Work with 0 Comments

Most of us will always have more things to do than we can possibly get done. So it’s perfectly normal to sometimes procrastinate. Yet ‘procrastination’, defined as simply “putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time”, is a word that carries – especially in our culture – generally negative rather than […]

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The cost of bravery

The cost of bravery

Written by on December 8, 2014 in Happiness, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

I’ve always been full of admiration for those who work in the police force. It must be one of the hardest jobs in the world having to contend with at one end of the spectrum hardened criminals and horrific crime scenes, and at the other end, everyday routine human tragedy. So it’s hardly surprising that […]

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The overwhelmed employee

The overwhelmed employee

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Happiness, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

There are many advantages to working from home, whether you work for yourself or you have a boss. You can choose your own hours (personally I function best at around dawn), you don’t have to endure a daily and most likely tedious commute, and you can wear your trackies all day if you want. Perhaps […]

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Hardwired to connect with Andrew O’Keeffe at Mind & Its Potential 2014

Hardwired to connect with Andrew O’Keeffe at Mind & Its Potential 2014

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Relationships, Work with 0 Comments

Our happiest and most unhappy moments in our lives have to do with other people. Workplaces can tend to be troublesome for humans. Offices and factories are not one of our natural habitats. What does it mean to be human? Babies are born with a range of behaviours which they don’t have to learn (instincts). […]

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