Filed under: happiness, Lifestyle trends, Thinking | Tags: shawn anchor, think positive
Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.
Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.
Filed under: Community, happiness, Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends | Tags: Bhutan, GDP, GNH, wellbeing
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an attempt to define quality of life in more holistic and psychological terms than Gross National Product.
The term was coined by Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. It signalled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values. Like many worthy moral goals it is somewhat easier to state than to achieve, nonetheless, it serves as a unifying vision for the Five Year planning process and all the derived planning documents that guide the economic and development plans to the country.
While conventional development models stress economic growth as the ultimate objective, the concept of GNH is based on the premise that true development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other. The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.
Measuring our Progress
On the 16th of November Bhutan hold their annual forum on Gross National Happiness A country that has facinated many of us for decades since the King of Bhutan refocused the country’s vision to include and more importantly measure, the country’s happiness in an effort to start to manage that as effectively as it would traditionally seek to manage economic growth. Below is an article from The Australian suggesting that Bhutan’s goal of happiness could be a lesson for us all. I’ve also posted some additional research reports from the global wellbeing studies from the nef in the UK that you might also find interesting.
Filed under: eco marketing, farm to table, Food trends & info, Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends | Tags: Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Portland, Portlandia
And while we’re on the subject of Portland, which by the way if you’ve never traversed that far is an absolutely wonderful city.. It’s progressive, it’s considered, it’s design focused, you can eat well easily, people value organic and it generally feels like an all round healthy approach to life and life style. On that note,if you’re into the whole farm-to-table thing you absolutely need to check out this episode of Portlandia. Portlandia is a series created by local musician Fred Armisen and his partner-in-crime Carrie Brownstein. It’s a hilarious series covering the various aspects of what makes Portland weird. . . ["Keep Portland weird" by the way is a self titled motto bestowed upon Portland by the locals who live there]. We all love a bit of organic produce, we all care about the provenance of our food but this is perhaps taking it a little far . . . It’s genius. Enjoy.
You can check out more about Portlandia here. Better still, check out the real thing.
Filed under: content communities, Emergent media, Lifestyle trends | Tags: Melbourne bike magazine, treadlie
The Melbourne crew have done it again and gone and launched a brand new magazine way ahead of the rest of us. While Sydneysiders are still arguing over whether Clover Moore’s bike lane through 2010 will serve anyone other than the ‘sandal wearing muesli crunching’ [as Paul Keating so eloquently put it], the Melbourne peeps have just bypassed such ridiculous time wasting and moved straight in for the kill. Enter Treadlie. A brand new magazine by the guys at Green that promotes, encourages, explores and connects those involved in bike culture. And by the looks of it, this movement extends way beyond hippies in hessian or sociopaths in spandex. How refreshing.
You can check it out online here
Filed under: Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends, Nice Design | Tags: luxury trend, rough luxe
The holidays are over I can’t believe it. It seems like only yesterday I was scrambling to get everything finished for Christmas and now here I am sitting at my desk ready to start another year. I do however feel significantly more energised and excited about the year ahead than I did a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how good it feels to run away from grown up life for a while and let the engine cool down and in some cases, switch off entirely.
There’s a couple of things caught my attention which I thought I’d share with you, the first off is an interesting new hotel in London called Rough Luxe.
A couple of my mates were heading back to the UK for Christmas to spend it with family & showed me this odd little hotel they were planning to stay at in London. It’s called Rough Luxe and the idea behind it is A little luxury in the rough part of London. The hotel itself looks like it’s a mixture of old pieces, statement art & design alongside bibs & bobs that have been collected from round the traps. The idea basically is to push the idea of luxury beyond fancy pants ownables and into all things luxury – time, emotion, considered architecture & design.
They describe it on their site as :“Rough Luxe is a new way of looking at luxury as part of time and not only part of an object of consumption. Luxury is an enriching personal experience and not only an ownership or consumption of an expensive object. Therefore, the Rough Luxe definition of luxury is: time for reflection, personal encounters with people, nature, architecture and environment as well as food and social and cultural experiences linked to geographic locations.”
The hotel is part of a wider Rough Luxe Philosophy which can be applied across hotels, restaurants, retail and distribution businesses [or so they're hoping].
I’ll try & get some photos from the peeps who stayed there and post them here. In the meantime, check out the hotel here
Filed under: Advertising, Gen Research, Innovative stimulus, Lifestyle trends, Looking for insights, Research Methods, Trendy Trend sites | Tags: coolhunting, Dcode, Henley Centre, Piers Fawkes, PSFK, The problem with trends, trendhunting, trends, Trendspotters, trendspotting
Piers has called the Emperor’s bluff and now he’s naked . . . . Here’s a sneak but check it out for yourself, it’s a good post.
There’s something wrong in the trends business. It’s broken. It’s broken by lack of imagination, lack of collaboration and secrecy. Below we’ve listed some major areas that need fixing, not for our competitive sake, but for an industry to evolve and become useful enough to inspire its clients to make things better.
Trends services have an unhealthy reliance on control, restriction of information and perception. Trends companies put up gates that guard this mystical information that somehow only they could gather. This presentation from Henley Center’s d_Code is an example of how the trends industry attempts to scare companies into thinking how little they know. There’s no explanation of why d_code knows better, just that they somehow know a lot more than you do (and they’ve got the graphic designer to prove it). AgencySpy gave this great reaction to the presentation in 2007:
“No ideas. No dissection of new cultural movements to help you on your way. No outlay of creatives, organizations, thinkers that are shaking up the underground to shape the future. Nada. Every one of their clients should feel like they just got punk’d.”