Amazing three A for Your Abundant 2013

abundant 2013

As a Latvian-Swiss binational couple we travel several times a year between Riga and Zürich. So if you pay attention to what is below the clouds you might probably see some Germany, some Poland or even some Lithuania. Above the clouds nevertheless it doesn´t really matter which country it is. It´s simply beautiful.

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! Let 2013 be full of wonderful discoveries – all around and inside!

We hope that this New Era (as we call it here, by us) for you is starting well, and with many good experiences, discoveries and adventures to look forward to!

As for us, we took OFF the last part of the year and the beginning of this one.

No traveling. No working. No duties. No meetings.
Just some necessary family time.
Lots of walks in the fresh air.

And lots and lots of reading, writing, reflection, digging, drafting, discussing, sharing and… inspired Daring, Questioning, Re-Imagining and Creating The New.

IT FELT ooooooh SO GOOD…

Some of it needs to be polished. Some of it: more re-imagined.
And most of it needs to be brought to life. We can´t wait to share the best of it with you! And we hope to do it sooner than we think 🙂

As for now – we want to share with you this TED talk by Neil Pasricha who reveals three A secrets that lead to truly awesome life.
Our take away – “life will not go according to your plan“. And the pearl: “Authentic means BEING YOU and BEING COOL WITH THAT“. It almost sounds like mantra 😉

You can also watch this talk on TED.

Formula for Happiness and Success

how positivity increases productivity

This is a very entertaining talk about how happiness inspires productivity by psychologist Shawn Achor (by the way – he has won many distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University for his lectures on positive psychology at Harvard. Probably this fact does say something about the style of his teaching that we too can enjoy while watching this video).

When we think that we have to be more successful so we can be happier, that´s when we get in trouble because our brains work in the opposite order. In fact, at first we need to take care that we feel more positive, and then we will be more successful, more productive, more creative, more intelligent and more energetic. When our brain is in positive state then we are 31% more productive than when our brain is in negative or even neutral state. Something to think about… Well, better – something to act upon.

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Less is Definitely More: Editing Our Lives

less is more

Can we edit our lives, especially, our stuff so we get more space, more energy, more time and more freedom to do what really makes us happy? At the end – it´s not about the stuff, but about doing what we love, being who we are and having a positive impact on what´s around us… Something from this video can be useful to each one of us.

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How to Buy Happiness with Money

buy  happiness with money

WHAT?! Buy happiness with money?! How disgusting and sick is that?! It is well known that happiness can´t be bought with money…” Are these the words that were floating in your mind when you read the title of this article? Or did you think something like: “Yeah, yeah, what else – buy happiness with money… So, where´s the catch of this weird statement?”

In this is 11 minutes long video Michael Norton shares the results of surprising research on how one can, indeed, buy happiness with money. And you don´t need to be rich to be able to buy (enough) happiness.

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How Would You Really Enjoy Spending Your Life?

How to enjoy life

British philosopher Alan Watts has a wonderful talk about what we should focus on when deciding on how to spend the life. He asks: “How would you really enjoy spending your life?” His message is somewhat similar to the message of professor Larry Smith who teaches how not to waste life when deciding what life to choose.

There are nice pearls of wisdom in this short 3 minutes video with Watt´s talk – becoming a master, being an example to others, living a life that is full of meaning. His talk certainly will make you think deeper about your own life.

Thank you, Lauri, for bringing this great video to our attention!

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A very good Story of Stuff

The story of stuff

We buy Stuff. We own Stuff. We get rid of Stuff. AND… Stuff gets produced. Stuff gets sold to us. Stuff owns us. Stuff decreases the quality of our lives and well being.

How about finding out the True Story of Stuff, so we know better and do better. At the end, there is only One Planet we all have and share.

Last weekend this movie helped us to take an honest look at our stuff acquiring and owning habits. It helped us to make some better decisions about how we want to handle stuff from now on. If you would like to know what were our considerations – read on…

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Why We Get Angry and What to Do About It

why we get angry

People usually think that anger is the emotion over which they have very little control or none at all. People who are angry rather often may say that anger is part of their character and they can not do anything about it. Some people will say that anger can also be positive emotion if one uses it for good purpose. It might be true. But here we speak about more usual type of anger that brings destruction and trouble.

Roman philosopher Seneca had a serious reason to research this emotion. (You will find out his reason when you watch the video below.) He came up with the explanation about the origins of human anger. Luckily for us, he also gave valuable insights about how to avoid getting angry or at least lessen the chances to get angry or disappointed.

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3 Keys to Happiness and 1 Danger

3 keys to happiness
Ancient greek philosopher Epicurus (341-240 BC) explained what are the 3 valuable keys to happiness – they are as important these days as they were during his lifetime.

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Dangerous Traps of Modern Society

dangerous traps

Living in a modern society gives us plenty of opportunities that previous generations could only dream about. It also gives us more opportunities than ever before to be unhappy when we get caught in the nasty traps created by our interpretation of success.

When you watch this talk you will discover truly valuable insights of why we- modern people feel unhappy. Continue reading