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The happiness industry is selling you short

The happiness industry is worth $11 billion dollars (US market), consists of over 45,000 titles and sees cornerstone motivational speakers such as Anthony Robins with personal wealth estimates of $480 million dollars. Self help books, motivational speakers and pop psychology exist in a tight little bubble of finding the right people, having the right amount of money, following what we want to do with our life and never looking back

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Aftermath of a tragedy

In the aftermath of tragedy, we’re brought face-to-face with our morality. Whether a personal tragedy, a friend’s or a mass event, such as the MH17 flight disaster, tragedy stirs up plenty of emotion, soul-searching and political action. Our scrambling to make sense of these, particularly large-scale public tragedies, gives insight into our shared human psyche as well as our individual personalities, influenced by our innate nature and nurturing influences, both

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The best time for business is when it all blows up

The best time for business is when it all blows up The hair on the back of my neck is standing up. My jaw is clenched. My wrists are on fire from typing. The cup of tea and slice of toast I ate is sliding precariously on a wave of nausea. My standard safety net has abandoned me and my twitching eye stands as a stark reminder of the stress

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Business cult celebrities and marketing latte appreciation

It’s so cool to be in business for yourself right now, you need a coat just to protect yourself from the internet’s wind chill factor.  And being in marketing as a solopreneur is the new hip. The marketing of the latte appreciation society is a term I coined to describe people who spend an awful lot of time selling workshops on how to do marketing while spending a lot of

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Following your passion versus solving a problem

There’s an entire industry geared towards promoting the idea of following your passion. From self help books through to online affirmations, personal development courses and discovery retreats, we teeter in breathless anticipation of the next best guru to come along and tell us how work can make us happy. And yet, following your passion is one dimensional. If you hold it up to the light of criticism and critique, you

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What is happiness glorification?

Happiness glorification certainly has us all in a tizzy. We love the idea of happiness, yet so few of us define it on realistic terms. Welcome to the golden age of smiling through everything, the universe having a reason for seemingly random events and your financial indicators somehow proving you’re indeed happy. Wellness, mental health and a seemingly unobtainable benchmark of rosy cheeked happiness are big issues and big industries

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