Slow Change, Big Impact: Experiencing Bhutan

By Florence Scialom

In Bhutan, I gained a deeper understanding of the importance of connection, interdependence and community. We need each other, and there is a real beauty in that.

I wrote the above words after completing the Slow Change Experience course in Bhutan in November 2016. Applications for the Slow Change Experience 2017 were recently open and this has inspired me to reflect again on the time I spent in Bhutan last year. Continue reading “Slow Change, Big Impact: Experiencing Bhutan”

Practicing Gratitude

By Florence Scialom

It all started at the beginning of 2017, after seeing a post on Facebook. (I wonder how many modern tales start this way..?!) The post said: “This January start the year with an empty jar. Each week add a note with a good thing that happened. On New Year’s Eve empty the jar and read about the amazing year you’ve had.

The idea appealed to me, as I’d heard a lot about the power of gratitude to positively influence happiness and wellbeing. I had been trying to practice writing things I was grateful for each day in my journal, but the weekly jar seemed more achievable, practical and potentially something which could be more social too. Continue reading “Practicing Gratitude”

Reasons for Hope in a Changing World: Chandolin Retreat Review

By Florence Scialom

“The last thing the world needs is our despair… if we want to be agents of change we need to cultivate qualities of hope, understanding, happiness and love”.

These are the words of Ha Vinh Tho, one of the teachers at a retreat I recently attended in Chandolin, Switzerland. The retreat was called Transformation and Healing: Ancient Wisdom for a New World, and explored how we can bring more hope and positive action to these changing times we live in. Continue reading “Reasons for Hope in a Changing World: Chandolin Retreat Review”

Can Mindfulness Change the World? Daniel Goleman Event Review

By Florence Scialom

This post was originally published via Action for Happiness.

Last week I attended an Action for Happiness event called From Mindfulness to Action, featuring the renowned author and Emotional Intelligence expert Dan Goleman.

The theme of the event was the relationship between mindfulness and social change; or how our personal happiness connects to the influence we can have on the wider world. Continue reading “Can Mindfulness Change the World? Daniel Goleman Event Review”

Can Happiness Change the World? Three Lessons from Bhutan

By Florence Scialom

This post was originally published via the Network of Wellbeing (NOW).

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing” – Arundhati Roy.

The powerful words above from author Arundhati Roy have often inspired me, because they remind me that many people are working – often quietly, yet powerfully – towards new ways of living, to counteract the environmental destruction and political chaos we see in the world today. Continue reading “Can Happiness Change the World? Three Lessons from Bhutan”

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