If you read enough self help and positive psychology material, you could be forgiven for thinking that we could all be super optimists if we only put our minds to it. Whilst I share the sentiment, lets not forget that Pessimism is not an affliction and without it the world would be a less ironic, funny, diverse and interesting place.
Regular breaks outside the office can bring out the best in us
I love Chris Evans and his Radio 2 Breakfast Show and up until today, I have quickly forgiven him all of his occasional sins. I love his energy, positivity, brains and creativity. I really love the man. And he's a fellow red-head. What's not to like? ;) But on his breakfast show this morning, I was a wee bit irritated with his slightly patronising, faintly amused approach to International Women’s Day (#IWD). I only caught snatches of what he was saying in the pre-school run busyness. But I picked up on phrases like; “It’s because we (men) can’t have babies”.
People who do more acts of kindness are happier. And people who experience kindness feel more connected to themselves and others. 
At a recent meeting with my colleagues at Accelerating Experience, we ventured on to the well-worn path of leadership and what are the qualities that leaders need in today’s digital age?