Posts filed under “Happiness”

The biggest mistake people make when making their life goals, and how to fix it

rss | t | f | g+ One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen people make is to confuse emotions with goals. They make lofty aims like, ‘I want to be happy,’ or ‘I want to be successful,’ without knowing that these aren’t really goals at all. What we’re talking about here are emotions, or states. These can change all the [...]

Making Miracles

rss | t | f | g+ When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, and let the world marvel at how you did it. What a great twist to an old saying. Sometimes, you don’t get everything that you want, or even everything that you need. If only you had a bit more time, more money, more resources. Life can be [...]

One Important Question for Life

rss | t | g+ What happens if you follow your instincts? Despite my best intentions to take a year off to relax, I somehow landed myself a job… at the British Embassy in Tokyo. It seems I have found the reason why I was drawn back to Japan. My instincts were right – this is where I’m supposed [...]

Wing it for all you’re worth

rss | t | g+ A lot of changes have happened in my life over the past few months. I completed my final exams, graduated, worked in central London… and moved to Japan. I’m here to start a new life. No, I don’t have a job waiting for me. No, I don’t have a clear-cut plan. No, I don’t [...]

The Most Important Lesson You’ll Ever Learn About Opportunity

rss | t | g+ Two shoe makers go to a remote village. One of them immediately gives up and goes home, declaring, “It’s hopeless! Nobody here wears shoes.” The other, smiling, declares “What a glorious business opportunity! Nobody here wears shoes”. Opportunity is something that you discover, not something that you wait for   Whether it’s new business [...]

Lessons learned from snow & blossoms

rss | t | g+ Oh, snow. It’s pretty at first, but then it turns grey and slushy, getting into your shoes and freezing your toes. Then there’s the winter wind that makes your nose turn red and your eyes start to water. In Japan, the cherry blossoms came to mark the beginning of spring. The air is warm [...]

Make your own future

rss | t | g+   “Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” - Dalai Lama Do you keep a diary? If you don’t, I highly recommend it. I guarantee [...]

On Mindfulness

rss |  t  | g+ Three years ago, since starting Minimal Student (on a whim – like most of the things I end up doing), my life has gone through some very distinct phases – I moved away from home, I spent a year abroad in Japan, I came back to England and got my own place… and during [...]

Spiritual Revolution

  “What I propose is a spiritual revolution”  ~ Dalai Lama As political freedom spreads to more people and technology integrates into our lives, one would think that man’s quest for happiness is more obtainable than ever. And yet, there is still so much suffering in the world. There is still discrimination, war and violence. People [...]