What I'm reading this summer
Want to be happy, move to Norway
Okay, let's be honest, reading is one of my favorite activities for all four seasons. But in the summer, I can get my vitamin D at the same time.So what will I be reading this summer?
Book Note: The Little Book of Hygge
As an American, it comes as no surprise to me that American happiness is on the decline. The 2017 World Happiness Report offers numbers that shouldn't be ignored. Despite an increasing per capita GDP, American happiness is falling. But Nordic countries continue to hold the top spots year after year. What lessons can we learn from the World Happiness Report and the happiest countries?
15 ways to find inspiration
Among the Oxford Dictionary's 2016 word of the year finalists was the Danish term hygge. The word has no direct English translation. Cozy seems to be the most popular way to describe the idea. But as Miek Wiking in The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, hygge is so much more than feeling cozy.
Getting to know my superpowers
At one time, inspiration was the influence of divine beings, whispering in our ear. Today, psychologist define inspiration as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. In particular to do something creative.
If you were to name your top three character strengths, what would they be? Would they be honesty, fairness, and hope? Or kindness, bravery, and perseverance? And once you had defined those character strengths, what would you do with that knowledge? Would it make your life any different?