Rediscovering happiness

A few days ago, I was reminded of a sad, yet eye opening truth: our brain is not designed to make us happy, it is designed to keep us safe. And by that, I don’t mean that it doesn’t have the capacity to build neural pathways that are involved in the state of happiness, but that its first and primary function is our safety.

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Farewell, dear 33!

I remember feeling right from the beginning that it would be a special year. I wanted it to be about joy and authenticity, and in many respects it was. I started writing more frequently, created more content in various forms, explored new hobbies and made a career change. It was a year about healing, regrouping, spending time with my family, as well as saying goodbye (my grandfather and two childhood friends passed away this year).

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It’s about time…

I breathe deeply.

I live my life full-heartedly.

I trust my strength and my becoming.

I rejoice seeing the light of the day each morning.

Because who knows where the time goes?

I have come to love bad weather

I was always a sun loving person. I was always at my peak during sunny days. Contrary to what might be the norm, I never felt like going out during sunny days. Instead, I loved working on whatever needed a fair amount of energy: planning, creating, or delivering trainings. I was in a good mood and thus willing to tackle difficult tasks.

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What kind of a friend am I?

Sometimes I wonder: am I a good friend to my friends? Am I able to be there in times of sorrow, in times of joy, or when they need me the most? What kind of a friend am I: the cane that supports them to walk further or the umbrella that shields them from bad weather?

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What about change?

Yesterday, I was talking with a friend about the changes happening in his life. While things seemed to be moving forward for him, he was not sure if they were heading in a positive or negative direction. This made me reflect on the nature of change and our mental constructs about it.

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The quest of mutual understanding

A few days ago, I finished reading The Culture Map by Erin Meyer and, because of it, I gained a deeper understanding about how subtle cultural differences are at times and how important it is to be aware of them to prevent misunderstandings. It made me very curious to discover how my personal profile compared to that of Romania and other countries and so I took Erin Meyer’s test. The results were quite surprising.

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