Let's explore what makes us tick and how we present ourselves to the world.
Happiness is very subjective and hard to define. What makes one person happy does not make everyone happy ( I am positively unhappy if someone suggests we take a ride on a roller coaster but suggest an evening of Elvis music....I'm ecstatic) . You probably know what makes you happy, be it Elvis or a roller coaster ride, or an evening with a good friend. The chances are money has very little to do with the happy moments in your life.
Empowerment is a hot topic. The idea that we can step into our brilliance and self empower is a sexy subject and something most of us will admit to wanting in our lives. Yet empowerment assumes that we understand how we disempower ourselves and in my experience that's the piece that often stays hidden in the shadows. I believe this means that we slap plasters on wounds instead of really healing the pieces that give us authentic empowerment.
When bad things happen it is so easy to get into a spiral of feeling down, whether its something big like illness, relationship troubles or a relatively minor thing like your car won't start or your best top gets boil washed and comes out small enough for a Barbie...
In a week where Emma Watson challenges men and women to work together to create equality, we encourage you to make empowered choices about where you put your attention.
That question was asked, almost as an aside, by a BBC journalist of a senior policeman in an item on the reduction of violent crime (a 12% fall had been recorded, an ongoing trend): “Do you think“, he asked, “that the increasing power of women is a factor in the violent crime figures going down?”
Psychologies’ very own Suzy Greaves and I were having an interesting discussion the other day about how authenticity seems to be the in-vogue value.
External power, the kind people get from being respected or rich, only lasts as long as people are willing to give it to us. As soon as we lose our position or fall out of favor, our power falls away. There is no telling when this kind of power might be taken from us, as many deposed dictators and fired execs have discovered.
Want to be more courageous? Find out how you can learn to live with your vulnerabilities using a double-decker bus
Facing our fears and living with our vulnerabilities is something we all struggle with. Watch this video to find out why courage is so important, why living with vulnerability is so difficult and how I've learned to live with my vulnerabilities using a double-decker bus.