Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

Why the Japanese are so good at being mindful … and how they can inspire us Westerners

Mindfulness may be all the rage now in the Western world, but it has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. What is it about Japanese culture that fosters this great attention to detail and presence in the moment? And how can it inspire us? As our capacity for sustained attention is increasingly under threat, we are more and more exposed to stress and mental health problems. Let’s look to Japan for inspiration!

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Emotional Wellbeing

HUMOUR: jokes aside, it’s a serious matter

Already in the last century, Freud understood that humour can be useful when encountering a stressful situation, therefore he included humour in defense mechanisms (although only referring to a sense of humour about oneself). Research show that learning to be more playful, making fun of the absurdities of life with humour could contribute to increase our wellbeing.

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Emotional Wellbeing

ASSERTION and stress

We all know that communication is a crucial skill. Still, for many it becomes an even more delicate issue when it comes to communicating emotions and feelings, especially when we have to deal with stressful situations. Assertiveness is the capacity to communicate and express our feelings and emotions in an honest and respectful way, without being aggressive or manipulative.

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