Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my second Sunday Sermon with the School of Life at Conway Hall. I had attended my first Sunday Sermon last year with the wonderful Brené Brown who set the bar very high when she spoke about courage and vulnerability to an enraptured audience. (You can read about me previous Sunday Sermon experience here.) It was, therefore, with high expectations that I came to hear Roman Krznaric speak about the topic of empathy – a subject which he has researched for the past 10 years and which is the topic of his latest book of the same name.
As someone who eschewed formal religion when I stopped attending Sunday School as a child, the Sunday Sermons run by the School of Life are an interesting break with traditional Sunday fare. The sermons offer the same opportunity to reflect on a important topic, to exercise the lungs by having a sing song and they also offer the possibility of connection… Read the rest...
Most of us spend the majority of our day at work so it is crucially important that the work that we do makes us feel happy and fullfilled. This article by Roman Krznaric from Yes magazine, which was originally published in The Huffington Post, looks at 6 ways to stop worrying about what to do to find a fulfilling job and some simple steps we can take to improve our sense of fulfillment at work. Romans has also written a book on the subject entitled How to Find Fulfilling Work if you would like to read about this topic more.
Six Ways to Stop Worrying and Find Work You Love
Quitting work that leaves you unfulfilled requires a lot of courage. Here are six things you can do to get yourself ready to take the plunge.
The idea of fulfilling work—a job that reflects our passions, talents and values—is a modern invention. Open Dr. Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and the word “fulfilment” doesn’t… Read the rest...
Last night I listened to the RSA debate with Professor Richard Wiseman and Andrew Parks from Cognitive Media who had worked together on a short animated video to promote Richard’s new book Rip it Up. They discussed the power of animated videos to help get a message across and Richard’s research with the video proved that information recall is improved by 15% thanks to the power of the visual information in animated format. Roman Krznaric was in the audience and he spoke about the experience of working with Cognitive Media to distill his ideas in to a 10 minute video. As the subject of this new RSA video, which was shown for the first time yesterday, is empathy I thought it was an important video to share on The Happiness Experiment blog.
Brené Brown talking about her new book Daring Greatly.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” US President Teddy Roosevelt
This quote, taken from a speech by US President Teddy Roosevelt, is the inspiration behind the title of Brené Brown’s new book Daring Greatly. I was fortunate to be at the UK launch of her latest book on Monday night… Read the rest...